France eases nursing home visitation, exposes pain; Migrant workers in Gulf Arab states trapped
”We are in prison.”
That plaintive description of life under lockdown in a French nursing home comes from an 80-year old mother during a half-hour visit from her daughter – the first allowed in six weeks. Social distancing is maintained and there are no hugs, much as they are needed.
As France has started allowing limited visitation rights for the families of elderly residents, the visits are proving bittersweet for some. And they are shedding light on the immense emotional toll caused by locking down care homes. John Leicester has this exclusive story from Paris.
Trapped Migrant Laborers: They have toiled long hours under the hot sun in oil-rich Gulf Arab states and have long been a lifeline for families back home. Now they are trapped by the virus. Migrant workers are losing jobs, running out of money and desperate to return to their home countries as COVID-19 stalks their labor camps, report Jon Gambrell and Aya Batrawy from Dubai.
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