Equipping Refugees and Other Displaced People with the Tools Needed to Survive a Pandemic

By: Joanne Lu

Shahanara, a mother of three, collects potable water and washes her children’s hands at a water point installed by World Vision inside a refugee camp in Rohingya.

Shahanara, a mother of three, collects potable water and washes her children’s hands at a water point installed by World Vision inside a refugee camp in Rohingya. Photo: Himaloy Joseph Mree ©2020 World Vision.

Everyone is feeling vulnerable and uncertain during this global COVID-19 pandemic, but perhaps none more so than those who were already among the most vulnerable people on earth: refugees and other displaced people. As Europe and the U.S. approach their peaks in new cases and deaths from the novel coronavirus, outbreaks are just now beginning to be reported in migrant facilities and refugee settlements. But because of their already-existing vulnerabilities, people who live and work in those places are anticipating far worse outcomes if major outbreaks hit – and right now, it only seems like only a matter of time.

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