Covid 19 in refugees camps

Maglaha
Posted April 19, 2020 from Western Sahara

I live in the refugee camps for Sahrawis, in Algeria. We live in the desert, in tents and houses of clay. My people have lived in confinement for 45 years.  We didn’t have any cases yet, but the Sahrawi government took immediate preventative measures, and we respect the restrictions. More than 70 percent of all woman have spent their lives at home, but now, we all stay in. It would be a disaster if the virus reaches us. We don’t have proper healthcare or the needed materials for treatment. 

The greatest risk now is people dying of hunger. Resources are dwindling and people ae losing whatever they could earn through small businesses. Prices have gone up and it’s affecting the most vulnerable. 

Living in the shadow of this virus, we discovered that no one can help us. Everyone is busy helping themselves. Through news and social media sites, I saw a lot of people complaining and being sad about the lockdowns. Some of them are trying to change their way of living and working to cope with the crisis, but that is not the most important. What must come first is safety. Our safety and the safety of others. 

Everyone is responsible for the safety, not just that of him or herself, but that of everyone. 

We live in different countries and might have different cultures, but we live in one world. 

We live in a refugee camp, but the Coronavirus has proved that the world can’t event protect itself.  

Life in asylum teaches you patience, steadfastness and solution-orientation. 

The coronavirus has taught me that we live for each other. I must protect you in order to protect myself.

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Sinyuy Geraldine
Apr 19
Apr 19

Yes dear. The cry is all over the world. Food insecurity and lack of basic necessities is alraming and we are all in this mess. Restriction on movements means much more than we think. I am hapoy that the virus has nit reached you and I oray it shiuldn't because it will be terrible. It is already in my country and some towns. Too scary and the basic oreventive measures are not there. People struggle to make their own masks which is good but i doubt how safe they are. We oray this virus gets out of here. True, we are one another's keeper.

Maglaha
Apr 19
Apr 19

Thank you dear, yes am so sad about that, we should do something a bout that

Zulma Miranda
Apr 19
Apr 19

Hi Maghala, I am glad to find your voice and story on this platform. Please keep writing and sharing your experience. How are YOU doing? You mention that resources are dwindling down, can you share more about how your community and small businesses are struggling? From your point of view, how can those outside of your community be most supportive and get resources to you?

Maglaha
Apr 19
Apr 19

Thank you for your attention, yes here we have a severe weakness in the field of health and food, now humanitarian support has started to be strongly revised, especially with the quarantine that will threaten the population here with starvation.

Maglaha
Apr 19
Apr 19

Thank you for your attention, yes here we have a severe weakness in the field of health and food, now humanitarian support has started to be strongly revised, especially with the quarantine that will threaten the population here with starvation.

Jill Langhus
Apr 20
Apr 20

Hi Zulma,

Welcome back to World Pulse! Hope to see more comments, and posts, from you!

Hope you and your family are safe and well.

Maglaha
Apr 21
Apr 21

Gracias

Jill Langhus
Apr 22
Apr 22

De nada:-)

Sinyuy Geraldine
Apr 20
Apr 20

It will be well my dear.

Maglaha
Apr 21
Apr 21

Thank you

Chioma Nwaoha
Apr 20
Apr 20

Hello beautiful,
Thank you so much for
Sharing, looking forward to reading more post from you .
Thank yo so much. We love and care for you.

Arem Chan
Apr 21
Apr 21

Dear Maglaha,
Thank you for sharing your story! What a strong soul you are!!!
And yes dear sister, we live for each other :)
Stay safe.
You're in my prayers!

Maglaha
Apr 21
Apr 21

Thank you dear

Dear Maghala,

You sound like a very strong girl, that COVID19 could only live in you if you allow it. Just continue being the good girl you are and take good care of yourself. I have no idea of the age of the person infected with the CORONA Virus and battling the illness. I also have no idea of your water facilities there. I only know that access to water in many 3rd world countries is a serious problem. Do your best to keep distanced to the other, at least 2 meters keep your hands washed, be careful with using public phones and friends phones and you will be safe. I am sending you a link, but I am not saying that we all eat those things you see in the Video, but we are still safe. So worry not so much because there have been many pandemics and infections alike, but whenever we obey the rules we keep safe. Have a good time and learn how to live an healthy life under the Pandemic. God bless and hopefully we meet some day after the Pandemic.

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Maglaha
Apr 21
Apr 21

Thank you so much dear

Lily Habesha
Apr 21
Apr 21

Dear Maglaha,
It's sad you live in refugee camp. But COVID-19 doesn't afraid to knock the palaces, to reach people who live in a mansion. It doesn't choose between colors, positions, race or tribe. I'm saying this because you mentioned: " It would be a disaster if the virus reaches us. We don’t have proper healthcare or the needed materials for treatment. "

It is hitting the whole nation like a scary wave. For me, the only only one to save us all from this pandemic, is our creator. When I say this, we all should what we can to protect ourselves by doing what we can.
May be this pandemic will not even visit your camps, who knows?

Stay clean, safe and indoor.

Prayers,

Lily

Soumya Vilekar
Apr 21
Apr 21

Dear Maglaha,
This is so disturbing and sad that you are living in confinement since so many years. Yes, we all are responsible for our well being and other stoo. It is a real test for human nature where we can stand and support each other and start a new culture of mankind post this lockdown

Anne Penikis
Apr 21
Apr 21

It is so true "The coronavirus has taught me that we live for each other. I must protect you in order to protect myself." Thank you for saying it. We live in an interconnected world, even when we live so far apart. We are each other's keeper. Be safe.

MUKABA ZAWADI
Apr 23
Apr 23

sorry, may God protect us because starvation is not good for human health and help you because with him everything is possible and all of you are in good health during this period

Doctor Vie
Apr 24
Apr 24

Maglaha, I'm sending you blessings.....for your safety and that of people around you....yes for the first time the current human world is forced into lockdown....and even though the wealthy have all the comforts of a safe house, indulgent food, large gardens...they feel like their human rights are violated! That' the irony of life!

On the other hand, here in Africa, the homeless, the migrants, refugees and the poor have to also be in lockdown....adding to their food insecurity.

The problem is that humans have created safety nets for themselves....they are shielded against running out of food, shelter, and the luxuries of their routine lives. They have not experienced the pangs of hunger for days on end. They have not known the fear of persecution. They have not not the terror of being bombed. They have not had to flee for their lives.

How can you get food my dear? Are the Algerian government and organizations starting to help with food parcels?

I feel your anguish my dear....I commend your bravery and most of all your great wisdom and insight....yes we are all ONE.

It is you and anyone who is visionary as you, who must come forth and forge a better world....one of equality for all ...

I am focused on this purpose ....we must make changes to the way this world has been operating....we can inspire a better world.

Stay strong my dear one.....you are in my meditations....

Please message me....your wisdom is needed to better the world.

Love Dr. V

Busayo Obisakin
Apr 30
Apr 30

Sending you Love and prayers Maglaha! thank you for sharing. Please continue to stay safe
Love
Busayo

Emma Sheller
May 01
May 01

Stay strong