The Lost Year: Is There Light at the End of Tunnel?

2020 may be coming to an end, but the challenges we faced this year continue. Millions of people have been affected by the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis across the world. It took away the lives of over 1 million, 690,000 people. In Kazakhstan, coronavirus cases surpassed 191,000 in Kazakhstan. The official number of death cases from Covid-19 is over 2,600, however, the real number may be times larger. As a consequence of the restrictions, Kazakhstan’s economy shrank 2.7%. Nearly 300,000 businesses had to shut down. 1.6 million people reported a loss of income. Registered domestic violence cases almost doubled. 4 million children’s education has been affected by the lockdown measures.

No one was prepared for the year 2020. But is the pandemic a historic opportunity for us to focus on the solutions to our bigger problems, and as a human family to reimagine and reshape our future? The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan, Miss Michaela Friberg-Storey joined Lyazzat Shatayeva in this episode of Impactful to discuss how we can avoid the lasting damage of the pandemic to our common future.