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Southern Africa needs assistance: An open call to the regional and international community

, Index number: AFR 03/4343/2021

Southern Africa is now dangerously in the midst of its third wave of Covid-19 infections. Amnesty International identifies SADC’s economic challenges as a root cause of their inability to respond effectively to the pandemic and to access vaccines. This briefing calls on key regional and international actors to urgently take action to reduce debt commitments and provide aid in order to give southern African countries the fiscal space they need to address their pandemic related socio-economic deficit as well as ensure sustainable recovery post Covid-19. International cooperation and assistance remain a cardinal requirement to tackle the current crisis facing SADC and the global south.

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