By the time COVID-19 arrived, Kashmir was already well-versed in lockdowns, following strict measures India imposed on the region in August 2019.
And Kashmir volunteer relief groups know how to cut through military lockdowns and regulatory hurdles to deliver aid.
Now, with 52,000+ COVID-19 cases and 900 deaths as of October 18, volunteers and cash-strapped community groups are the heart of Kashmir's response. They’re filling in gaps in the region’s strained health care system—where health workers, ventilators, oxygen, and ambulances are scarce.
The Quote: “As oppressed people in a political conflict, we are a unit. We operate like one huge antibody in any chaos and crisis,” says Nazir Ahmad of Srinagar.
The New Humanitarian