Pratima Gurung, General Secretary, IPWDGN President, NIDWAN
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on an indigenous peoples, particularly those with disabilities.
In Nepal the COVID-19 crisis has been especially hard on indigenous peoples. We had to learn a new vocabulary and use words like quarantine, self-isolation, hand sanitizers and social distancing.
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