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Momodou Posted - 27 Mar 2020 : 14:03:28
By Dembo Fatty

It appears that virus seems to break the fortified walls of the rich, powerful and even leaders.

It managed to corner all of us into thinking. It does not discriminate and that lays bare how discriminate our public policies have been towards the poor and weak.

No escape it looks like. We are all in this together. You realise wealth , power and patronage means nothing in the face of this virus.

It reduces us to nothing despite power and fame. Its victims cut across all sections of society.

It also sends the message that capitalism as great as we have been taught in school as the means to success, is suspect. Privatsed health care has not provided the needed remedy to this pandemic. Societies that frowned on public financing of health and mocking it as socialized medicine, are today rallying behind the very state involvement they so detested when they had power and wealth.

There is so much to go around the table so all of us can live dignified lives. Let us stop being greedy. Let us pass pro poor legislations and lift up the millions on the margins that we have for so long abused, maltreated, excommunicated and used as fodder to enrich ourselves.

No where to run today. The whole world is in crisis and the only place we have are our places, our neighbors and our families. It is every country for itself and and God for us all.

Before, one could fly overseas to seek medical assistance, today even if you have money, there are no aircrafts flying. Virtually grounding of commercial flights around the world.

This Corona, trust me will change public policy for good after it is over. 25,000 daily deaths from hunger is not making headlines because it is a problem for the poor. We looked the other way for far too long. These poor are God's children and looks like the chickens have come home to roost.

"A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather in the moonlit village ground it is not because of the moon. Every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so". Chinua Achebe

Lets gather together and take care of one another and stop being individualistic because it is good for kinsmen to do so.

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