Why Indian Christians Are Poor
ASIA / INDIA - Corona epidemic: Indian Christians ask for special support for the poor
New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) - There was an urgent need to take care of the poorest during the 21 days of the total blockade of the country, imposed by the government until April 14, to prevent the spread of COVID among them too. 19 contain. This is emphasized by Christian laypeople after the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Over the next 21 days, 1.3 billion Indian citizens, nearly a fifth of the world's population, should "forget what it means to get out of the house" is the directive aimed at preventing a public health disaster. To date, March 25, more than 469 infections and 11 coronavirus deaths have been counted.
The government has already taken tough measures to curb its spread in a country where millions of citizens live among densely populated with poor sanitation. There are currently only 40,000 ventilators in India. Over 1.8 million people across the country are being monitored for showing symptoms of the disease or for having had contact with infected people. It is feared that the low number of infections is due to the lack of testing, with only 17,000 samples taken so far. According to experts, the virus is widespread in almost every state in India. “If we cannot deal with this pandemic in the next 21 days, the country and your families will be 21 years ago. If we can't cope with the next 21 days, many families will be destroyed forever, "Modi said in his public address.
The blockade will have devastating effects, especially on the 300 million Indians who already live below the poverty line and survive on a small daily income. Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has promised to adopt a specific aid package for poorer sections of the population.
With this in mind, Christians appeal to the government to look after the needs of the poor. "The blockade is necessary, but it is unclear how the poor, the marginalized, will survive. Millions of poor people do not have refrigerators to store food. How will these families survive? How will they buy food and where will they buy it?" "asks the committed Christian Mathew George. George wants a network of organizations that tries to meet the needs of destitute people, migrants and day laborers.
Pastor Augustine Singh from the Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar in the state of Orissa in eastern India told Fides: “These measures serve the well-being of the nation. We have to work together and persevere. So let's try to stay at home ”. And the Catholic Michael Pereira explains: "Now is a critical time for our country, we can pray from home because avoiding the spread of this pandemic is a top priority. We all pray to the Our Lord for an early decline Infections. " Catholic lawyer Sima Ranjit added: "We are particularly concerned about the survival of thousands of poor people and those who live alone."
(SD-PA) (Fides 25/3/2020)
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