[Newsletter] March 2021

Vulnerable Groups and Covid-19 (Part 2)

Throughout the month of March, SEAN-CSO’s campaign continued to focus on the theme of Vulnerable Groups and COVID-19. It has now been over a year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Life, as we knew, was suddenly upended and over the past twelve months, communities around the world have faced new challenges, grieved countless losses, developed alternate ways of doing things, innovated important technologies, and hoped for better days. With vaccine production picking up, the light at the end of the tunnel is becoming more visible. Vaccination is a crucial piece of the puzzle, but until herd immunity is reached, it is important to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

This month, we spoke to Mahi Ramakrishnan, an investigative filmmaker, journalist, and refugee rights activist. She has spent the past sixteen years working with refugee communities and is the founder of Beyond Borders Malaysia. Already an important organization for many people, since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020, Mahi and her team have been working around the clock to support refugees and migrant workers who have been disproportionately affected by this global health crisis. In speaking with her, we were inspired by her dedicated efforts and push for organizations to hold spaces and create opportunities for marginalized communities to speak for themselves.

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