Corona update: Costa Rica

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In his message from Costa Rica, Edwin Mora conveys the importance of a clear stance in the Corona crisis. In his country, too, it is above all the vulnerable groups that are suffering most in this situation.

The economic restrictions are affecting many sectors, especially the tourism industry, but others as well. Unemployment is growing, wages are being cut, poverty is increasing. And for those people who are already poor and homeless, the government's call to stay at home is almost a mockery, Mora says.

But there are also positive forces in the government, he says. The left-wing Minister for Women, Patricia Mora, is making great efforts to support women who are increasingly affected by domestic violence during the "lockdown.

Commitment to more solidarity and justice

At this time, it is important to strengthen emotional closeness and the values of solidarity, emphasizes the vice rector of the Latin American Bible University UBL in Costa Rica. His university - with the support of Mission 21 - trains people to work for more justice in society.

Mora sees positive signals coming from many Costa Rican churches. In contrast to those religious groups that engage in apocalyptic doom and gloom, he says, committed churches are using their social networks to reach out to people, give them encouragement or provide them with material support. These are real signs of hope.

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