As wait to get my second shot of the Covid-19 vaccine there is a sense of optimism in the room. Conversations revolve around meeting friends, the Euro 2020 championship final, traveling abroad and a sense of relief that maybe the pandemic is coming to an end. This same week my 84-year old father suddenly succumbed to Covid back home in Venezuela where he did not have the opportunity to get vaccinated or even access to proper medical care.
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[Covid Essays] Rider
Staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be challenging for most but it is almost impossible for many in the migrant and refugee communities in Italy whose livelihoods are earned on a daily basis.
SOBRE|vivientes. Vendedores Informales. Serie Fotográfica [ESP/ENG]
San Cristóbal, Venezuela. A través de la serie SOBRE|vivientes presentamos perfiles de venezolanos haciendo frente a la complicada crisis económica, social y política del país. Desde cada uno de sus ámbitos de acción, las personas presentadas en la serie muestran perseverancia, ingenio y optimismo frente a la adversidad, demostrando cómo el espíritu de lucha venezolano seContinue reading “SOBRE|vivientes. Vendedores Informales. Serie Fotográfica [ESP/ENG]”
Directus Cortos | Corto A1 | Camino A Caracas
¿Cuanto tiempo te toma llegar al trabajo o escuela? Este corto captura partes del recorrido usual para habitantes de asentamientos informales en las afueras de Caracas. Su viaje hacia la ciudad suele durar más de 2 horas e incluye más de 4 diferentes medios de transporte, sólo para iniciar su día de trabajo o escuela.Continue reading “Directus Cortos | Corto A1 | Camino A Caracas”
No Medicines, No Treatment, No Hope
Capacho, Venezuela. Since four in the morning people with different ailments, physical disabilities and their family members have been gathering in a small hospital in Táchira, Venezuela, a bordering state with Colombia. Because free mobility between the two countries was severed seven months ago, we are hoping to receive an administrative authorization which will allowContinue reading “No Medicines, No Treatment, No Hope”
Venezuela’s Politicized Border
Dear readers, Please check out an article we wrote for the International New York Times Opinion Section where we discuss the Venezuelan government’s aggressive shutdown of its border with Colombia and how this has affected residents. Thank you, Directus International.
Not Allowed to Use Public Restrooms
Last week NPR posted an article titled “San Diego Installed Public Loos, But Now They’re Flush With Problems” and in it they describe how the installation of two prefabricated public restrooms in this California city has caused discomfort and mistrust amongst business owners and the general population. The reason of this uneasiness? Homeless individuals’ useContinue reading “Not Allowed to Use Public Restrooms”
Unwelcome. Chapter 4: Neglected Groups
Through our documentary series “Unwelcome” we have discussed some of the aspects of the systemic injustices committed against individuals experiencing homelessness in the state of Arizona. Whether it is the false claims of eradication of veteran chronic homelessness or the discrimination against prospective employees based solely on their homelessness state, we have taken a profoundContinue reading “Unwelcome. Chapter 4: Neglected Groups”
Unwelcome. Chapter 3: “Getting Back On Your Feet”
“Getting back on your feet” is a phrase often heard by individuals experiencing homelessness whether it is from agencies, as the intended goal behind recovery and housing stability services, or from society, as its denounce on their apparent lack of self-reliance and “opportunism”. On Chapter 3, our participants discuss the experience of navigating supportive services andContinue reading “Unwelcome. Chapter 3: “Getting Back On Your Feet””
Unwelcome. Chapter 2: Housing First Release
Dear readers, Today we are launching the second chapter of our documentary series on homelessness in Arizona “Unwelcome”, titled “Chapter 2: Housing First”. In this chapter direct service providers and activists discuss government claims of eradication of veteran homelessness in Arizona through the Housing First strategy which, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness,Continue reading “Unwelcome. Chapter 2: Housing First Release”