The Watermelon Stand and Other Stories (the struggle is real)

Janvi and her friends hanging out pre-pandemic. DWP photo taken January 2020. The lockdown for the poor in India begs to differ the meaning of “we’re all in this together”. For families living in slums, for the migrant workers who live on construction sights or on the side of roads and, for Muslims who were blamed for spreading the virus, the lockdown means no food, no money, no jobs waiting, no medicine, no government help, and heightened derision across caste and class. Slum residents are locked down in overcrowded, unsanitary communities, with no way to maintain social distance from others. Going to the toilet for those without a squat toilet in their small homes, means lining up along a

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