UNCERTAINTY ABOUT FUTURE – UNSUSTAINABLE FOR SOME FAMILIES WITH DISABLED CHILD

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.

Mental health in times of Covid-19

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.

Dancing at home

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.

Physically separated but connected during the Ramadan

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.

Mostly false: French women are using code word “mask-19” at pharmacies to escape domestic violence during 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.

Creating a home 2500 kilometers away

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.