Religious inequalities and the impact of Covid-19

Published on 27 September 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to take its huge and tragic toll on the world’s population, it is being felt hardest by the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world, whichever kind of political, economic, social, religious exclusion they experience. In particular, we are witnessing how Covid-19 is exacerbating pre-existing religious inequalities. It is essential to both identify this and provide support, to address the particular impact of Covid-19 on more vulnerable groups and to “build back better”.

Still from the video Our Sweepers, Our Heroes by PYT
Still from the video Our Sweepers, Our Heroes by PYT

The Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID)  commissioned blogs, op eds and other non-academic outputs which share  perspectives of the realities and experiences of religious minorities and people with non-majority beliefs in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath in Iraq, Pakistan and other countries.

Global overview



Impact on the Armenian minority

Impact on the Christian minority

Impact on the Kakai minority

Impact on the Shabak minority

Impact on the Yazidi/Ezidi minority

All KirkukNow articles are also available in Arabic, Kurdish and Turkmen.


Discrimination against Hazara Shia minority

Unprotected sanitation workers in the frontline of the fight against Covid-19

Discrimination and emergency relief 


This IDS news item was originally published on 15 May 2020, but is being regularly updated with new content.

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