My friends sob on the phone, my heart bleeds for my mother country | Dippy Chaudhary

Posted by on April 25, 2021 1:45 am
Categories: Global Stories

People of Indian heritage in Britain are helpless witnesses as the Covid crisis unfolds thousands of miles away

The messages started arriving less than a month ago and have grown more desperate and frequent as the days have progressed. WhatsApp pleas from people I have never met being forwarded to me, asking about the availability of hospital beds, or anguished requests for money so that they can treat loved ones. And most heartbreaking of all, despairing calls for oxygen so that they can breathe.

Coronavirus is suffocating India, and the devastating pictures and statistics tell their own grim tale of a nation facing what is being called the world’s worst outbreak. As its politicians and medical experts try to tackle the situation, those of us with deep bonds to the country find ourselves as helpless witnesses thousands of miles away, watching the tragedy unfold.

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