Underreported Stories: 12 coronavirus stories you need to hear…

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This is a story that impacts all of our lives on a scale rarely seen before.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, journalists and filmmakers around the world have risked their lives to tell important stories and shine a light on the global impact of COVID-19. Accurate, impartial and accessible journalism has never felt more important.

The OWM Coronavirus Reporting Award 2020 champions these stories. Stories that show us international perspectives on the pandemic, shining a light on underreported challenges, uncovering crucial investigations and highlighting local heroes.

From a glimpse into the lives of a young couple in lockdown in Iran to the captivating diary of Yemeni doctor. From the farmers who are live-streaming to survive the pandemic to a shocking investigation into oxygen shortages across Africa.

Take a deep dive into the 12 exceptional stories selected for the longlist of the award.

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1. India’s Comfort Food Tells the Story of Its Pandemic

The country’s coronavirus response has affected Indians very differently. One thing unites them, though: a biscuit. Read full article
The Atlantic

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2. Coronavirus in Iraq adds to Yazidi community’s trauma

Weighed down by years of suffering, one in four Yazidis in Iraq’s IDP camps may require psychological support after pandemic recedes. Read full article
Middle East Eye

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3. Indigenous in Colombia take on armed groups — and coronavirus

Indigenous communities across Colombia are mounting a unified strategy to combat COVID-19. Read full article
Al Jazeera

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4. The Bullet and the Virus

Africa Eye investigates the impact of the deadly coronavirus in Mathare, one of Kenya’s poorest settlements. Watch full documentary
BBC Africa Eye

5. How coronavirus hit Aden: A Yemeni doctor’s diary

As COVID-19 courses through Yemen, taking an unknown number of victims in a country already decimated by war, Dr Ammar Derwish has been documenting the toll on his community. Read full article
The New Humanitarian

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6. How are you doing?

Afroqueer investigate how the Ugandan government has been using fear around the pandemic to target the LGBTQ community. Listen to episode
Afroqueer Podcast

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7. The chaos of Shramik trains repeats the poor planning that marked India’s pandemic response

The central government’s poorly planned roll out of the Shramik Special trains forced workers to endure endless hours of delays, hunger, unhygienic conditions and uncertainty before they finally reached home. Read full article
The Caravan

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8. Our Iranian Lockdown

A rare glimpse into the lives of a young couple in lockdown in Iran. Watch full documentary
The Guardian

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9. Lack of oxygen leaves patients in Africa gasping for air

As Covid-19 spreads throughout Africa, a potentially deadly lack of oxygen is leaving patients gasping for breath. Many are having to go without this essential treatment. Read full article
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

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10. Coronavirus by Air: The spread of Covid-19 in the Middle East

An investigation by BBC News Arabic has analysed flight tracking data and open source footage which shows how Iran’s largest airline — Mahan Air — continued to fly while government flight bans were in place, and contributed to the spread of Covid-19 in the Middle East. Watch full investigation
BBC News Arabic

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11. Live-streaming helped China’s farmers survive the pandemic

When coronavirus ground the country to a halt, the agricultural industry could no longer sell its produce. E-commerce giants used the chance to bring the sector online. Read full article
MIT Technology Review

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12. Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown

101 East investigates why Malaysia’s migrant workers are at risk in the time of COVID-19. Watch full documentary
AJ 101 East

The One World Media Awards celebrate underreported stories that break down stereotypes, change the narrative and connect people from different cultures.

Discover more underreported stories here.

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