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Kerala to 90 percent Red Zone: Evangelical Dean's Office Vogelsberg starts emergency aid

The first, smaller food distribution took place at the beginning of April. This help was also co-financed with 3,600 euros by the Vogelsberg dean's office.

Lock-Down in Kerala: For numerous day laborers and migrant workers, this means immediate and total loss of wages. Even the Adivasi, indigenous people in the jungles of Kerala, are barely reached by the aid measures of the Indian government. The Diocese of East Kerala, which has been in partnership with the Evangelical Dean's Office Vogelsberg for 30 years, is now packing 1,500 food parcels for the poorest of the poor. Bishop Francis, who only responded in 2019 to the old bishop Dr. Daniel followed, now asks for help. Therefore, the Evangelical Deanery Vogelsberg is starting an emergency aid campaign together with the Deanery Büdinger Land.

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The Diocese of East Kerala is packing rice and oil, beans and sugar in emergency aid packages for people who can no longer find work due to the Corona crisis.

Curry in the land of spices? - No, of course not: What is a spice for us is a national dish in Kerala. And there is actually enough food in “God's own country”. But: people can no longer afford their food. The corona crisis has plunged them into unemployment. Many people in India work without a contract. They are put out on the streets overnight.

Many belong to the Adivasi and Dalit ethnic groups. Even without the epidemic, these natives and outcasts are at the bottom of the social ladder in India. That's why they were hit particularly hard by Corona and the Shut Down in Kerala. In Kerala, numerous people are also employed as migrant workers and day laborers, not a few of them from the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. They have no work, no wages. They can't go home either. You're stuck. Without work, without wages. Without daily bread.

Joshy John worked as a weltwärts volunteer in the Vogelsberg dean's office throughout 2019. A few days ago, the young man sent a desperate video appeal to his former colleagues in the Vogelsberg dean's office: “If you don't have a job today as a day laborer, your family won't have anything to eat tomorrow. That is an unalterable fact. ”John had already coordinated relief measures in 2018, when the huge monsoon caused numerous landslides in his home country and flooded entire villages waist-deep. This year the disaster with COVID19 is invisible. But it is even worse than the flood disaster, said John, because "everyone is affected".

The number of cases in India is low. But very little is tested either. That is why the corona situation on the subcontinent is even less visible than in Germany. However, a large number of people work in the so-called “informal sector”: namely without employment contracts. This means that their employers can put them on the road overnight. “As a result, people are more likely to die of hunger than of the virus,” emphasizes Bishop Samantaroy from the Amritsar diocese in northern India, which has a church partnership with the Giessen region.

Reverend Biju John coordinates the partnerships of the Diocese of East Kerala. He regularly reports to his colleagues in Alsfeld by e-mail, for example that the Keralesian government has loosened the lock-down after a significant decrease in the number of cases. This led to a significant increase in the number of infections within a few days. Now the measures would have to be tightened again - the scenario that German politicians currently want to avoid. The conditions there have now deteriorated in a short time: 34 new Covid cases have been reported. "This means that 90 percent of our diocesan area has been declared a Red Zone by the government," reports Reverend Biju John. People are now only allowed to leave their homes if there is an emergency.

The victims are the day laborers and migrant workers. Rice, oil, beans, lentils, sugar, tea and spices are included in the emergency aid package that the diocese will now distribute. Soap is also part of the set, the safest protection against the global virus. The diocese has to raise 800,000 rupees, the equivalent of around 10,000 euros, for the relief effort.

Anitha Andrews also reports on migrant workers. The first weltwärts employee of the Vogelsberg deanery comes from the high elevations of Kerala, the tea and Kardemon regions, and now lives near Alsfeld. Because the schools are closed, Andrews reports, there are of course no school meals either. This means that some of the poorer children lose their only regular meal a day. With these children in mind, Andrews joins the dean's request for donations for the food parcels. At www.vogelsberg-evangelisch.de/kerala, Anitha Andrews and Joshy John report from their homeland in short videos.

The Evangelical Dean's Office Vogelsberg asks for donations under the keyword “Curry for Kerala” to the account of Ev. Regional administration, Sparkasse Oberhessen, IBAN: DE 92 5185 0079 0304 0079 58