India has three times the population of the United States. A large majority of India’s population live in conditions that would be considered poverty in more developed countries. When the whole country shut down due to Coronavirus, day laborers and poor people had more to cope with than just the inconveniences we hear people complain about. This story tells of a young Muslim man and his best friend, a young Hindu man, and how their long journey from where they worked to their home village ended in tragedy.
This Day In History
On August 7, 1947, Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completed a 4,300-mile, 101-day journey from Peru to Raroia in the Tuamotu Archipelago, near Tahiti. While crossing the Pacific, the sailors encountered storms, sharks and whales. By the time they finally washed ashore at Raroia, they had been at sea for 101 days.
Nancely Shively, a teacher in Oklahoma, wrote an op-ed in USA Today entitled “Trump Pushes Teachers Like Me Into Danger.” Ms. Shively describes the predicament encountered by many teachers in her district if they are forced to return to school in person, rather than online. Ms. Shively also explains how Trump’s response to Covid-19 has lead her not only to retire from her job, but also to leave the Republican party.