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“We are risking our lives by going out there – knowing very well that COVID-19 can kill us.”

This week I spoke to Bhelekazi Mdlalose, an MSF nurse who has joined the department of health in their contact-tracing project. Bhelekazi told me about the difficulties of being a nurse in a pandemic, which includes working without proper equipment, without proper compensation and often without proper respect. Read it here.

It has me thinking about the people who we are relying on to get us out of this pandemic. Many are not being recognised for their contributions. If you have any thoughts on who is being overlooked for their service, and how we can honour them, email me (fatima@thedailyvox.co.za) or tweet me @fatimamoosa17. I'd love to hear from you. 

In solidarity,
Fatima Moosa,
The Daily Vox

During a mass screening and testing MSF contact tracer Bhelekazi Mdlalose places a test swab in a bag which is sent to South Africa’s National Laboratory Services to be tested for COVID-19.

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This year Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid and Ramadan alone. This piece by Uzma Jalaluddin in The Atlantic about Eid and Ramadan in isolation really resonated with me. This line, in particular, stuck out for me: "Ultimately, I know that my family will remember this as the Ramadan when we were all alone, all together." -  Email me or ping @fatimamoosa17 on Twitter. (I look forward to hearing from you)
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