The coronavirus doesn’t just expose the broken character of national healthcare systems but highlights the complete lack of a coordinated international response in defense of refugees. It’s a hell of a time to realize that when there are hundreds of thousands of refugees denied asylum & forced to live in squalid, overcrowded conditions that are a petri dish for coronavirus & every other contagious disease.

Now with activists around the world in quarantine, the conditions of refugees are worsened & they are left politically, not just physically stranded. Many of them will get sick & many will die. We cannot blame it entirely on racist & xenophobic regimes but must own responsibility for the shameful lack of international antiwar & refugee rights movements. We have to find ways even in our isolation to pressure our governments to open the damn borders & grant all refugees asylum, no exceptions, no exclusions. No human being is alien to us.