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Coping with COVID-19 in Mumbai | Libya peace champions in short supply

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Tuesday, 26 May 2020


Challenges in dealing with the fallout of COVID-19 are multiplied for residents of Shivaji Nagar, one of Mumbai’s poorest and most underdeveloped neighbourhoods. It’s a high density area with scant sanitation or clean water. Most people live a hand-to-mouth existence. Though vulnerable, residents are fighting hard to keep the pandemic at bay. Helped by a local NGO, Apnalaya, a volunteer-driven programme has been organised to keep track of infections and limit their spread while delivering free food and water to people who need it. Ishita Chatterjee explains.

The United Nations and a range of countries have called on the warring factions in Libya to agree to a truce. All to no avail. Civil war in the country has been raging on for six years, recently reaching a new level of ferocity with the ongoing battle for control of the capital. As Jacob Mundy sets out, the highly internationalised conflict has many owners. What’s lacking are champions for peace.

John Watson

Section Editor: Cities + Policy

Aerial view of Shivaji Nagar.

How Mumbai’s poorest neighbourhood is battling to keep coronavirus at bay

Ishita Chatterjee, University of Melbourne

Long before the Indian government responded to the threat of COVID-19 with a lockdown, residents of Shivaji Nagar, with the support of a local NGO, were protecting and helping one another.

The peace process is at an impasse in Libya’s protracted civil conflict. Hazem Turkia/Anadolu via Getty Images

There’s no shortage of players in Libya’s conflict. But few champions for peace

Jacob Mundy, Colgate University

The peace process has unfolded in fits and starts, and thus far there doesn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

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