ROME — The head of the Vatican’s coronavirus taskforce said Tuesday that humankind is facing”a tsunami of humanitarian disasters” caused by the convergence of medical, economic, and environmental factors.
This tsunami”has spread and spared no human life and no institution,” said Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson (pictured), who also heads the Vatican department for Integral Human Development, and in the aftermath of the pandemic and its own lockdowns domestic violence, discrimination, prejudice, and international conflicts have “reared their ugly head”
Cardinal Turkson talked these words during a July 7 Vatican media briefing, in which he included that the world is currently”facing one of the worst humanitarian crises since the Second World War.”
The cardinal noted his admiration for the current United Nations appeal for a global ceasefire, insisting that”there should be only one battle on earth: the battle against COVID-19.”
“Political tensions are rising, due to the decline in employment or the constraints on movements,” he suggested, adding that the commission recognizes that”there can be no peace without reconciliation and recovery.”
Throughout the press conference, the cardinal was flanked by Sister Alessandra Smerilli, the mind of the economic category of the task force, and Alessio Pecorario, that leads the safety group of the same.
For her role, Sister Smerilli reported that”we’re in a stage in which we must understand where to direct financial resources during this paradigm shift.”
Now, the very first priority is the wellness and well-being, she said, asking,”Which are arsenals for, if a handful of infected people are enough to disperse the outbreak and cause many sufferers?”
We need an”arms race” from the pandemic, she proposed, while advocating the global community into”race towards meals, work and health safety.”
Alessio Pecorario underscored the need to invest in food safety and said that a ceasefire is vital for stabilizing conflict zones and allowing humanitarian aid to be sent to communities that are at risk.
“Choices need to be created,” he said, suggesting that resources be diverted from military spending to medical supplies, foodstuffs, and economic revival.
Pecorario also related recent estimates that the amount of individuals risking starvation could double as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent lockdowns, adding that”human and financial resources and technologies ought to be used to create and excite strategies, alliances and systems to protect lives and the planet and not to kill people and ecosystems.”