India’s migrant workers fall through the cracks of the coronavirus crisis

Hoisting his five-year-old son to his shoulders New Delhi labourer Dayaram Kushwaha is faced with the prospect of walking over 300 miles to his native village. When India announced a nationwide curfew – that put Dayaram’s family in a difficult spot: with no work and without his 6$ a day income they needed to leave New Delhi for a long journey on foot. If they stopped to rest, police would shout out at them to keep moving in a single line. They were one of thousands of laborers leaving cities migration on a scale that’s never been seen before since India’s partition in 1947.

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