Solidarity in the face of COVID-19

“This is a time for solidarity, not divisiveness. Compassion, not xenophobia. Kindness not hatred. As #OneHumanity, we can fight the #COVID19 pandemic.”

Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos
UNAOC High Representative

A Joint call for Solidarity, Compassion and Unity

The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Miguel Moratinos, and the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, express their grave concern over the increase in stigma, hate speech and hate crimes targeting individuals and groups wrongfully vilified and perceived to be… (read more)

Joint Statement by United Nations Interagency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development (IATF) with the endorsement of the IATF Multi-Faith Advisory Council

In the face of the global crisis unleashed by COVID-19, unprecedented in recent history, the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development expresses its deep concern about… (read more.)

Unity, compassion, and solidarity in a time of crisis

UNAOC brings stories of solidarity and compassion amid the current pandemic from its global community of alumni and programme participants. As we grapple with this new reality, we are reminded that we can only overcome this together as #OneHumanity.

How waste pickers in Delhi, India, are affected by COVID19

How waste pickers in Delhi, India, are affected by COVID19

“I went to my sister’s place,” Rama said. “She told me, ‘I have two kilos of rice left. Let’s just divide it up.’” That’s what they did. Divided up the rice, cooked it with salt and made it last for two days. When I called her up, she was brewing tea leaves for...

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Online bread-making for solidarity

Online bread-making for solidarity

Now more than ever, we need something to connect and unite us, to help us feel the support of others and overcome loneliness. Bread-making, with its simplicity and universal symbols, is a powerful act of getting people together and coming up with collective ideas and...

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Giving Togetherness

Giving Togetherness

The restrictions that came with the Corona crisis demanded great sacrifices from all people. At the same time, they showed us clearly that we are all affected in the same way, regardless of our origin, religion, or skin color. The feasts that people celebrate every...

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Protecting the marginalized in the time of Corona

Protecting the marginalized in the time of Corona

It has been few weeks since Sri Lanka went into lockdown. While the situation has not spiraled out of control, we’ve still seen many cases, and a few deaths reported. The measures implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19, however, has taken its toll on people,...

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Socially distant but spiritually connected

Socially distant but spiritually connected

The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom is all about connectivity. Immediately, we moved all of our in-person interactions to digital access. The central office is providing access to the online platform, training, and scheduling for all chapter meetings. The members are so...

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Barikama means resistance

Barikama means resistance

Despite all of the suffering and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are inspiring stories of what happens when communities come together amid a crisis. Recently, I came across a story from the Guardian about African migrants delivering food to local...

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Taking responsibility for the actions of others

Taking responsibility for the actions of others

“The virus will come and go, yet discrimination will always remain” was the phrase we took as the starting point for our debate. The quote was taken from a viral video circulating on social media, in which an Italian woman described her country’s current situation....

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COVID-19: the case of Uganda

COVID-19: the case of Uganda

Since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Uganda, some of the communities in northern Uganda have believed that the virus was caused by evil spirits, which resulted in the performance of rituals to “push the spirits back to the West.” Many foreigners within the...

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A reminder to pause, contemplate, and reflect

A reminder to pause, contemplate, and reflect

In Australia, the COVID-19 pandemic response has resulted in the upping of security and emergency health measures as the Australian Government follows best practice, relying on its health experts for the unprecedented measures it has taken to contain the spread of...

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Love4Love

Love4Love

One of the side effects of this whole COVID-19 situation that I’m observing is that, not surprisingly, it’s intensifying some ever-existing problems. I could list many of them, but what I feel the urgency to mention is the situation of those women who are victims of...

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Quarantine in the Amazon

Quarantine in the Amazon

Vaga Lume is an organization that promotes literacy for children in the Amazon, impacting the lives of over twelve thousand children every year. One of the things we do in new situations, as is the case of the COVID-19 emergency, is to listen to the people we support...

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