31.05.2020 Rohingya Refugee Camp Hit By Covid-19 Outbreak.
Some 15,000 Rohingya refugees are now under Covid-19 coronavirus quarantine in Bangladesh's vast camps, officials said on Monday, as the number of confirmed infections rose. Health experts have long warned that the virus could race through the cramped settlements, housing almost a million Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar, and officials had restricted movement to the area in April 2020. It comes as charity workers expressed fears over being infected in the camps as they worked without adequate protection. "Social distancing is almost impossible in the camps. There is very little awareness about Covid-19 disease among the refugees, despite efforts by aid agencies." The lack of information is exacerbated by local authorities having cut off access to the internet in September to combat, they said, drug traffickers and other criminals. “There are serious concerns about the potentially severe impact of the virus in a densely populated refugee settlement, sheltering some 860,000 Rohingya refugees”, he said, speaking via videconference. “Another 400,000 Bangladeshis live in the surrounding host communities. These populations are considered to be among the most at risk globally in this pandemic.” Credit: ALJAZEERA
Poverty deprives people of adequate education, health care and of life's most basic necessities- safe living conditions (including clean air and clean drinking water) and an adequate food supply. The developed (industrialized) countries today account for roughly 20 percent of the world's population but control about 80 percent of the world's wealth.
Poverty and pollution seem to operate in a vicious cycle that, so far, has been hard to break. Even in the developed nations, the gap between the rich and the poor is evident in their respective social and environmental conditions.