Solidarity!


Navajo code talker Thomas BegayJason Jimenez/U.S.M.C

In a stunning act of solidarity, the South Korean government sent 10,000 face masks and 3.9 tons of other supplies including hand sanitizer to the Navajo Nation to honor the veterans who served during the Korean War…

About 800 Navajo men served in the war, many as Code Talkers who used their native language as an unbreakable code to confound opposing forces. Around 130 of the Navajo veterans are still alive, South Korea’s Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs said…

According to Stars and Stripes, the shipment of protective supplies meant to prevent COVID-19 infections among the Navajo tribe community was delivered in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the Korean War…

The shipment of protective supplies is on top of the 500,000 face masks the South Korean government already sent to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to distribute to non-Navajo veterans.

“Ahéhee'”

3 thoughts on “Solidarity!

  1. p/s says:

    “Bordering on desperation : In Gallup, surrounded by the Navajo Nation, a pandemic crosses paths with homelessness, hate and healers” https://searchlightnm.org/hitting-home/Gallup/ Includes photography by Don J. Usner, also audio in both English and Diné.
    “…Gallup has the highest poverty rate in New Mexico — a state with one of the highest poverty rates in the country. The town is the only economic hub within 100 miles, but after the 2008 recession its retail sector withered. The coal mines that once drew immigrant labor have nearly collapsed. Gallup’s 30-year economic plan now leans heavily on tourism, with the town branding itself a kind of desert trading post, where families can window-shop Native American jewelry on the historic main street and feel a Native vibe without ever driving onto a reservation.
    Gallup’s other major revenue source is the Navajo. Native families who live three hours on average from a grocery store come here to fill their trucks with food, water and supplies. But with the lockdown, the parking lots at Walmart (one of the busiest in the state), Home Depot, McDonald’s and Taco Bell, were empty. As was the historic downtown.”

    “Largest coal producing mine in U.S. drained aquifer on coronavirus-ravaged Navajo Nation : Bloomberg Law reports Peabody Energy Corp. drained Navajo Aquifer of 45 years worth of drinking water before it’s last mining operation in August 2019.” https://www.12news.com/article/news/local/arizona/report-largest-coal-producing-mine-in-us-drained-aquifer-on-coronavirus-ravaged-navajo-nation/75-36a196dd-6c14-4122-b7e2-395520db260b

  2. Smilin' Jack says:

    A humanitarian group that usually works with developing countries is delivering supplies to the Navajo and Hopi tribes to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Air Serv International will fly masks, hand sanitizer and other supplies to remote parts of the Navajo and Hopi nations over the next six weeks. The nonprofit is partnering with a GoFundMe campaign that has raised more than $5.4 million. https://fronterasdesk.org/content/1598584/nonprofit-flies-supplies-navajo-and-hopi
    Air Serv International https://www.airserv.org/

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