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Equal Treatment for All

June 11, 2020

COVID-19 is clarifying a significant source of global anger and angst: inequality.

In a post published June 7 on the Voices for Creative Nonviolence website, Dr. Yakim Young, who lives and works in Afghanistan, writes about how the pandemic has revealed how our economic and political elite value profit and power over human lives.

“At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Afghanistan had 300 ventilators, only one ventilator for every 110,000 Afghans,” Dr. Young writes.

“As a medical physician, I gasped, my heart racing at the dilemma of who gets the ventilator. What if I was near death with serious COVID-19?

“The head of a global vaccine alliance advised that “nobody is safe unless everybody is safe”, saying, “This is a global problem that needs a global solution and we have to all work together.

But in many countries, the pandemic has stripped naked our systems, revealing how our economic and political elite value profit and power over human lives.”

Read Dr. Young’s entire piece, entitled “Listening to Our Anger and Angst,” here.