[Today’s Prayer] The Coronavirus Tragedy of Migrant Workers Worldwide: Stranded and Struggling to Survive

The new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’s global spread locked down the entire Indian population of 1.3 billion in May.

A photograph of a man on the phone sitting on the Nizamuddin Bridge in New Delhi, India, his face twisted in grief, was circulated widely on social and news media in May. A migrant laborer, Rampukar Pandit, age 38, was on his way back home after hearing that his 11-month-old son was in critical condition.

His plan to walk to Bihar Province, 1,200 km southeast of New Delhi, was blocked on the Nizamuddin Bridge, which was blockaded due to the coronavirus shutdown. Pandit, who was blocked by the police, sat down in defeat, and Indian PTI communications journalist Yatul Yadav, age 44, captured his desperate look on camera.

When Yadav handed his biscuits and bottled water to him, Pandit refused by saying, “What’s the point if I can’t see my child again?” When Pandit’s Indian PTI Communications reported Pandit’s story, it quickly spread online. But Pandit’s young son eventually died.

“The picture of Pandit shows the tragedy of migrant workers across India,” Yadav said in an Organization of Asian News Agencies (OANA) contribution.

The suffering of migrant laborers affected by COVID-19 has swept across the world. Laborers working in other countries have faced miserable situations. This is because the COVID-19 shutdowns took away jobs, and in many countries it is almost impossible for them to receive welfare support.

Thailand News Agency’s (TNA) communications reporter Santiwit Prombute also addressed the tragedy of migrant workers in an OANA contribution. “138 shopping malls have closed all over Bangkok, and thousands of migrant workers were forced to leave Bangkok and head home,” Prombute said. But as Bangkok is shut down and travel restrictions are imposed, many can’t even return to their home countries. Migrant workers from neighboring Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand’s countrysides are also in this impossible situation.

Kyrgyzstan’s Kabar News Agency (KNA) introduced the scenery of changed life in the capital city of Bishkek. As the economic activity across Kyrgyzstan has been completely shut down, the lives of daily workers are at risk, according to reporter Nurhan Kasmalieva.

Source: Yonhap News

For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ” Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

(Acts 13:47-48)

Dear Lord, please have mercy on the Indian father who could not go see his dying child and others who are suffering due to the coronavirus shutdown.

Only Jesus Christ can restore hope in the midst of despair when many people are being oppressed because of wrong decisions by authorities of this world and the limitations of human leadership!

The Lord saved us and made us into light to shine on other nations and to bring salvation to the ends of the earth. Following the Lord’s command, the global church will shine and proclaim the salvation of the Lord among all nations! May the salvation of the Lord come upon all people groups in our generation! Amen!

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