Mexico’s bishops have called for the federal government to reconsider its Covid-19 response, urging the president to set aside a suite of mega-projects and instead put the funds toward families facing pandemic hardships.
The bishops also announced an initiative – “Families without hunger” – to combat rising hunger as millions of Mexicans lose work and sources of income with the spread of Covid-19.
“We invite those with the decision power over large national projects and public works to consider the opportunity to allocate these resources, during the months in which many Mexicans are without work, to mitigate the food shortages in many homes…Health, food and work are inescapable demands in this Covid-19 health emergency,” the bishops said in a statement.
“We exhort and ask all Mexicans, including (governments) to forget personal, party, ideological, political and religious interests and unite in saving every human life.”
The statement alluded to projects being pushed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, including an $8 billion refinery, two railways and an airport near Mexico City. The president has provided funding for these mega-projects amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Picture: A city government worker places a poster with information next to homeless people in Mexico City on 31st March 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic. (CNS photo/Gustavo Graf, Reuters).