The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact across the world on all aspects of life, especially among the marginalised, who are the most vulnerable people to this disease.
We, the Jesuit Organizations and Jesuit Social Centers from all around the world that are part of the Justice in Mining Network, are very concerned about the impact of this crisis in the communities affected by mining in Africa, Latin America and Africa. The majority of these communities, despite living in territories rich in natural resources, suffer from poverty, violence, inequality and a structural lack of access to education, health and other basic goods. In these difficult times, we cannot leave them behind.
We invite you to read our Public Statement and the Policy Recommendations that we hope will help us to cushion the impact of this pandemic on the most vulnerable sectors of the population and to build more resilient societies for the future.