The COVID Desk

Through in-depth text and video stories, Daraj and its network of media partners in the Middle East will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable sectors, including refugees, prisoners, healthcare workers, the elderly, and students. Some stories will have an accountability angle, including the lack of government transparency on COVID-19 testing and statistics, and the use of the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to increase surveillance and other repressive techniques. We will also examine how the pandemic has been used by radical movements to intensify their attacks.




Photo Credit: Ammar Abd Rabbo

Iraq and COVID-19: Eliminating the Lethal Rivers First

Research has confirmed that coronavirus can spread through wastewater, which is a very dangerous indicator. The battle against the epidemic is more fragile in Iraq than elsewhere, since the country lacks the minimum required public health standards, such as clean, safe water.

After COVID: Feminist Policies Save Lives and Uphold Rights

The patriarchal policies across MENA came into full play during COVID-19 as women’s vulnerability and burden increased exponentially against a system that was, even before the pandemic, broken and unable to protect women.