Corruption pandemic

Kompas – July 28, 2021

Sacks read: Markup & social aid illegal fees, opportunist rogues, medicine, mask, medical equipment markups, fake negative Covid-19 certificates, Covid-19 hoaxes, pandemic corruption.

Writing on man's shirt reads "Volunteer".

The Indonesian (and often international) media has carried its fair share of stories about unscrupulous individuals – including quite a few senior government officials – who seem to find ever more inventive ways to make a quick buck from the misfortunes of others during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Often falling under the radar however, are the many stories of generosity, sacrifice and human solidarity being shown daily by ordinary people: Local residents who open community soup kitchens for neighbours who have lost their income due to the pandemic, volunteers who risk their lives by collecting and burying the bodies of those who have died at home in self-isolation, neighbours who camp out at night next to the homes of orphaned children who have lost their parents to the disease, and of course the hundreds of health workers who have succumbed to Covid-19 while trying to save the lives of others.