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Hope, strength, creativity: Middle Easterners taking the battle with the coronavirus into their own hands

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Date of publication: 7 April, 2020

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Our podcast bringing you compelling stories from the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and beyond. In this episode we bring to light heart-warming stories from the tragedy of coronavirus pandemic
The fifth episode of our The New Arab Voice podcast is out today. Scroll below to start listening.

In this episode we want to bring to light heart-warming stories that have emerged from the tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic: from the frontline medics and nurses, to creatives and activists, individuals across the globe have banned together to fight the virus changing the very fabric of our societies. 

First, we'll discuss how doctors in Egypt are finding creative ways to give their patients medical advice, and how medics in Iran are keeping positive by busting a move in their medical wards. 

Then, we will speak to the founder of a Lebanese effort tto build life-saving equipment running in low supply in hospitals all over the world. We will also be speaking to the founder of Baytna Baytak, a Lebanese initiative to provide medics with homes so they can quarantine away from their families.

We will also find out how activists in Palestine and refugees in Lebanon are desperately trying to make DIY face masks and encourage people to wear them. 

At the end of this episode, find out how an Egyptian immigrant is providing vital resources in one of the worst-hit areas of coronavirus-plagued Italy.

If you can, please consider donating to a global relief fund which you can find a list of here

(Produced by Gaia Caramazza, Music by Omar al-Fil @elepheel. To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice)

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Episode 4 - Paranoia, conflict, and resilience: The Middle East at war with the coronavirus

Episode 3 - Coronavirus plagues Iran, Arab citizens and the Israeli election, and 'Pharaoh' Mubarak dies-TNA Voice podcast

Episode 2 - Trump's 'Steal of the Century', Putin's bloodbath in Idlib, and Lebanon's 'feminist' cabinet-TNA Voice podcast

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