The MENA (Middle East and North Africa)
The MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region is constantly in the news, due to the overt violence that permeates the region, but we must not forget that individuals carry the wounds resulting from this violence from one generation to the next. These wounds are compounded by the individual’s personal and social losses.
All this trauma takes place in an extremely repressive context, where political dissidents, members of religious minorities, and less influential tribes are the target of persecution either by the governments, society, or both.
The MENA region has always faced unprecedented catastrophes and now the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and the collapse in oil prices have exacerbated already slow economic growth in the region. According to recent studies carried out by the World Bank, extreme poverty rate in the Middle East and North Africa nearly doubled between 2015 and 2021. Public health is deteriorating, global demand for the region’s goods and services is falling, the domestic supply and demand because of social distancing measures is declining, adding up to all other social, political, and financial crises.