CORONA & Society pt. Ii
no crisis exists in a vacuum. AS infections spread and containment measures intensify, social injustices come into stark focus. while many developed countries are flattening the curve, catastrophE looms over the global south. how does social distancing work in slums? how to practice hygiene without access to fresh water?
juxtaposing data on corona and GLOBAL societies, published on 14th apr 2020 with the most current numbers available at the time.
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At the time of writing, information on the Coronavirus Crisis grows and changes almost by the hour. Therefore, we stamped our films and images with the time of publication. We researched our numbers with due diligence, but given the uncertainty of the topics, contradicting information exists. We chose the sources we thought most authoritative on the given subject. Below are the claims used in our material with source reference provided for each number.
Over 700,000 people are homeless in the EU
70% more than 10 years ago
The FEANTSA report, using Eurostat data, declares that at least 700.000 people in the European Union are without permanent residence or shelter, a 70% increase from ten years ago.
They are 3 times more vulnerable to grave respiratory illness
Research of the English Office of National Statistics revealed that the homeless were three times more likely to contract grave respiratory illness, making it one of three leading causes of death.
1 in 3 people worldwide lives in slums
Slums increase viral transmission by 3.5 times
Data from the UN suggests that even 20 years ago, 32% of the world's population was living in slums. This number is steadily increasing.
A PLOS study on the spread of Ebola in townships in Liberia revealed that the living conditions commonly defined as 'slums' increased the infection spread of the virus by over 3.5 times.
Early data from the Coronavirus pandemic sadly confirms these numbers.
332 million children will go hungry without their school meals
Data from the World Food programme finds that some 310 million children get a lunch at school, reducing nutrition deficiencies in low- and middle-income countries like India, Brazil, China, South Africa, Nigeria, etc by up to 100%. Add to this the 22 million children in the US that eat free or reduced lunches at school becuase their families can't afford the full price of the already greatly reduced meal. These children's families will not be able to afford the added costs of nutrition now that their children are at home and need to be fed there - a hunger crisis in the making.
In Corona lockdown, the average European has housing space of 42,5m2
In most cities across Africa and Asia, less than 15m2
Refugee families in Lesbos share 3m2
Eurostat has published extensive insight into European living conditions, the average hiding huge disparities, like: 'In 2012, rural dwellings in Luxembourg and Austria were, on average, 46 m² larger than dwellings in cities''
These disparities increas outside of the developed Western countries, where the UN has shown that 15m2 is already at the upper end of the scale:
The cynical and catastrophic bottom end of this comparison happens right at the doorstep of the European Union, where people pushed into overcrowded camps are more or less sleeping on top of each other:
well, we had all our projects cancelled or postponed, got quarantined or lockdowned and wanted to do something productive with our time.
also, we share the intense desire that the world may learn more than just hygiene from this crisis.
we wanted to contribute what little we can so when we eventually leave this behind, we don't go back to the same destructive system of capitalist economies running at breakneck speed, global dependencies and most of us with little to no savings or securities to make it through a few months of standstill.
we are relatively young. with the coming times of climate change and global disruption, this won't be the only breakdown of our lifetimes.
we don't want to sit there, 10 or 20 years down the line, when it all happens again, and wonder: could we have done something to learn from this crisis? to build a better, more secure and stable, social and responsible future?
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