lørdag 6. juni 2020

In India's remote villages, going hungry is as big a fear as catching the coronavirus

Bheru Singh lives in Dechu, a desert village in the far west of Rajasthan in India, where summer temperatures rise as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). Before India imposed a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, Singh was employed at a local quarry, filling trucks for 9,000 rupees, about $119 a month. Now the work has stopped and he has no money to feed his family of six, giving the Singh family no option but to rely on charity.

Around 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the nearest city of Jodhpur, Dechu seems like a village that has fallen through the cracks.  When Prime Minister Narendra Modiannounced a nationwide lockdown on March 24, factories across the country shut down, public transport stopped, and millions of migrant workers were stranded far from home.