Stories from June, 2020
A number of students were manhandled, baton-charged and arrested in Quetta, Balochistan, for protesting against non-availability of internet after their classes shifted online due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The June 2020 newsletter is part of the project titled, “Local Access Networks: Can the unconnected connect themselves?” developed by APC in partnership with Internet Society and Rhizomática.
Find more about Alcides Javier Torres Gutt. He will manage the @ActLenguas Twitter account during June 15-21, 2020 and will talk about his work for the Guaraní language.
Learn more about Elena Tambriz. She is the host of the @ActLenguas Twitter account during June 1-7, 2020 and will speak about her work in support of the K’iche’ language.
Please meet Sok Socheat, the host of @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account during June 17-23, 2020. He will be sharing his work with the Bunong language, spoken in Cambodia.
Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, but its visibility online is dismal. Kenyan language activist Bonface Witaba is working to change this.
Adéṣinà Ọmọ Yoòbá, a Nigerian Yorùbá language and culture advocate, is keen to bridge the cultural and linguistic digital divide.
Kpénahi Traoré, a language activist and journalist, battles the online dissemination of false information in Bambara, one of West Africa’s most widely spoken minority languages.
"Let’s just stay at home. Let’s wash our hands diligently to protect our health and lives."
A new online initiative called virALLanguages is helping speakers of indigenous, minority, endangered and other marginalized languages create informational videos on coronavirus in their own languages.