At the beginning of March, institutions for disabled children in Belgium were forced to close themselves off from the outside world. Parents then had the choice to continue caring for their child at home under limited home supervision or to bring their child to the institution without being able to see them for a long period. After two months, families with a disabled child begin to lose their patience and energy. They have no perspective, because they do not know when this corona crisis will end.
Maria Perez. 22 years old. Spanish, living in Denmark for an academic exchange since February of 2020. Isolated in a 30-square meter room for two months. Classes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., even on weekends. No family around. No interaction with the locals. Insomnia. Loss of appetite. Three panic attacks in the last week. She needed an end and she found it. She left one of the most secure countries in Europe for the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. Her choice, considered crazy by many, turned out to be a bold, but calculated, decision to protect her mental health.
With no festivals this summer due to the Coronavirus, student house Huize Willem (Willem’s House) in Utrecht, the Netherlands, decided to throw their own festival, with the usual intake of some ecstasy pills.
Research from the University of Copenhagen suggests that people over 65 are feeling less lonely than the average population during the corona crisis. But an expert questions the data and disagrees with the conclusion. He points to social communities as a measure of battling loneliness.
Muslims worldwide are experiencing the Ramadan in a strange way this year. The month during which muslims fast during the day is the most important month for muslims worldwide. During the month muslims are more conscious of their religion, giving to charity spending a lot of time together, gathering for prayers, readings and dinners to break the fast in the evening. This year will be an unusual Ramadan for muslims having to be separate from each other because of the spread of COVID-19.
The Belgian tabloid newspaper Het Nieuwsblad published on 22 April 2020 an article with the title ‘Our motivation to comply with corona measures is visibly: how can we keep it up?’. In the article, the journalist Tom Le Bacq gives rates about how many people are supporting the measures of the lockdown.
Domestic violence cases have jumped by 30 % during lockdown in France. Being confined at home with abusive partners increases the risk to victims. A TV report on Channel One Russia, covering the situation in France, included the claim that using code word “mask-19” is a common practice among French women to let people know that they’re being abused at home.
Iho has been working abroad and travelling around for the past 10 years. While large parts of the world are in lockdown Iho moved back to his homecountry; the Philippines. At his home on the beach he is spending his time reflecting on his journey, writing his memoires and making plans for the future after the lockdown.
In this new episode of Interlinked podcasts, journalist Perrine Basset invites you to listen to the testimony of Melena Hélias, a freelance sports journalist in Kingston, Jamaica. Since the coronavirus crisis, track and field competitions have been cancelled. She explains how this has changed her life.
In this episode, Jon Larrachea will get the testimony of a little Spanish community that are spending the Coronavirus pandemic in Aarhus, Denmark. They will give us a description about their decision of staying in Denmark instead of coming back and which benefits they get from gathering with more Spanish students.