India’s lockdown caused untold hardship. It also inspired extraordinary generosity.
On the phone was a stranger offering to fly the whole family from India’s financial capital back to their home state more than 1,000 miles away — for free.
“My neighbors said it could be some fraud,” said Rana, by phone from his village. “It was too good to be true.”
When India instituted the world’s largest lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus in late March, it plunged millions into extreme hardship. It also inspired unlikely and extraordinary acts of generosity.
Individuals across the country have stepped up to tackle the gap between the government’s relief efforts and the vast need for help. Some have worked to feed people deprived of their incomes. Some have stepped in to deliver goods to those who cannot leave their homes. Others have banded together to help transport migrant workers who were stranded.
Such laborers were hit especially hard by the shutdown, which destroyed their livelihoods and forced thousands to make perilous journeys on foot …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]