COVID-19 causes suffering well beyond the walls of a hospital or the labored breathing of those who may be infected but not know it. It pushes those on the borderline for suffering extreme hunger deeper into poverty, with little chance families will ever escape.
Tamsul Nisha and her family are looking down at that steep slope from which they may never return. Tamsul, her husband and their five young grandchildren are suffering greatly during India's surging COVID-19 outbreak.
Surviving on meager rations, they will continue to suffer without your love and urgently needed support.
Lockdowns mean lost income, where hunger grows
The Nisha family's main source of income was the money Tamsul's son sent home from his work in a factory in Mumbai. But that disappeared overnight when the factory closed after a country-wide lockdown due to COVID-19. Her husband did some tailoring, but that business quickly dwindled, too.
And the small plot of land Tamsul farms is not enough to feed her beloved grandchildren. She places meals in front of them every day that grow smaller and smaller in portion.
Tamsul and her family are among India’s poorest caste, those who are pushed out of sight. But that does not mean they are not in danger. In fact, it’s just the opposite.
Can you imagine what it must be like to face danger at every turn?
They cannot leave the home, for fear of contracting COVID-19 in India's staggering pandemic.
They cannot get medical care for their 2-year-old's urgent needs.
And in this part of India,contracting COVID-19 is an additional terrifying threat for families who already face risks from other deadly diseases — like cholera, typhoid and yellow fever — due to seasonal floods.
It's also peak monsoon season right now. And living along the banks of the Gandak River, Tamsul knows what little they have could also be washed away by a raging flood at any moment.