Headline, May 06 2021/ ''' '' THE INVISIBLE TOP '' '''

''' '' THE INVISIBLE TOP '' '''


The shock and sorrow - is the ever growing anger about the Indian government's total mismanagement. ''The world knows that it didn't need to happen the way it has happened.'' As India's cases multiply, its huge diaspora worries, mourns and stands up to organize.

Jyoti Minocha, a writer and a substitute teacher who lives in Fairfax, Va., worries about her family in New Delhi. She checks in with family by phone daily.

''The streets are hushed, ghostlike, my sister says,'' she wrote in a text massage. ''The only sound you hear are ambulance sirens.''

SOME 17 MILLION PEOPLE FROM INDIA WERE living outside their homeland in 2020, according to figures from the United Nations, and millions more have Indian heritage, making the diaspora the largest in the world.

In the United States, some 4.8 million people were either born in India or reported Indian ancestry in the last census.

As Indians the world over have sought frantically to help sick relatives, London has emerged as an epicenter for Covid relief efforts from the diaspora.

Many are organizing in the face of a seemingly impossible situation, pooling money to buy oxygen concentrators, connecting those in need of care with doctors and using community networks to share resources.

Deliveries of aid collected by the diaspora are beginning to arrive in India, alongside government relief from Britain, the United States, Germany and Australia among others.

In Britain, home to a vibrant and diverse community of people with roots in India, the pain is palpable. In a neighborhood shop in Harrow, a community in London's northwest with a large Indian population, sorrow and grief hangs thick and strong.

The cultural ties between the two countries run deep, with Britain's large Indian diaspora estimated to number over 1.5 million people - the single largest ethnic minority population in the country.

For many, the loss, anxiety or grief they have experienced as family members have become ill in recent weeks have compounded the problems in what was already a difficult year, and just as Britain was emerging lockdown and hopeful of crushing the virus.

''It's sort of a double blow,'' said Harmeet Gill, noting that the Indian community in Britain was among the minority ethnic groups that were disproportionately hit by the pandemic. ''We went through it here and we thought, 'Well, at least India was protected.' They were doing reasonably well.

IN THE CAPITAL OF COLOMBIA - BAGOTA, the mayor is warning residents to brace for ''the worst two weeks of our lives.'' Uruguay, once lauded as a model for keeping the coronavirus under control, now -

Now has one of the highest death rates in the world, while the grim daily tallies of the dead have hit records in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru in recent days.

Even Venezuela, where the authoritarian government is notorious for hiding health statistics and any suggestion of disarray, says the coronavirus deaths are up 86% since January.

The crisis has plunged nations like Peru into grief, ripping at the social fabric. This month thousands of poor and newly poor Peruvians began to occupy swaths of land in in southern Lima, with many saying they were doing so because they had lost their livelihoods in the pandemic.

Experts worry that Latin America is on a path to becoming one of the globe's longest-haul Covid patients - leaving public health, economic, social and political scars that may run deeper than anywhere else in the world.

Adding to just about everything is the challenge for the Latin American countries living next to Brazil, whose president's dismissal of the threat has helped fuel a dangerous variant for a start.

P.1 is now present in at least 37 countries, but it appears to have spread most thoroughly through South America, said William Hamage, an epidemiologist at Harvard University.

If Latin America fails to contain the virus - or if the world fails to step in to help it - new, more dangerous variants may emerge, said Dr. Jarbas Barbosa of the Pan-American Health Organization.

''This could cost us all that the world is doing'' to fight the pandemic. He urged the leaders to work as fast as possible to provide equal access to vaccines for all countries.

''The worst-case scenario is the development of a new variant that is not protected by current vaccines,'' he said. ''It's not just an ethical and moral imperative, but a health imperative, to control this all over the world.''

''The Invisible Top'' of the end for the wretched pandemic, gets more and more elusive.

The Sadness of this publication continues. The World Students Society thanks authors Megan Specia, London, UK; Isayen Herrera in Caracas, Venezuela; Sofia Villamil in Bagota, Colombia; and Daniel Politi in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

With most respectful dedication to Mankind : the Leaders, and People of Latin America, and India and then Students, Professors and Teachers of the World.

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