Ananya – Week One

Ananya is stuck at her family home with her two grandparents in an Indian village. She left her room at her college in a hurry, without her laptop or books, because she thought the lockdown wouldn’t last that long. Now she is bored and feels guilty for not having anything to do. If you want to know more about Ananya, click here to read her bio.

Press the play button to listen to how Ananya has been feeling the last few weeks.

Current situation in India 26-04-2020

The biggest lockdown in the world is happening right now in India, where roughly 1.3 billion people have to stay inside. There is no public transport, schools and universities are closed and the final exams are postponed. On March 25, when there were approximately 500 cases of COVID-19, the lockdown was announced. This immediately led to a lot of problems. There are circa 139 million migrant workers in India. They have moved to cities and towns to get a job with a daily wage. Suddenly these workers have no income, so a lot of them wanted to go back to their places of origin. Since there was no public transport, there was a mass exodus of people trying to get back home to their families.

The lockdown would initially last till at least the 14th of April, but it has been extended till the 3rd of May.

Ananya gives a timeline of the situation in India. Press the play button to listen to her accounts of what has happened in her country for the last few weeks.

Extras
In the audiomessage above Ananya explained that the state Kerala has been succesfull in flattening the curve. If you want to know more about this click here to read more.

If you want to get an impression of Holi, the festival of colours, you can watch this video.

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