At a time when people are busy cocooned with their loved ones and taking care of themselves, an Indonesian couple has been going out of their way to help the underpriviledged amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The tailor duo has been stitching about two dozen see-through masks daily to make sure that fellow deaf people and those with hearing aid, do not lose out on communication. Also Read - Malayalam Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran Tests Negative for Coronavirus, Shares Medical Report
Residents of Makassar on Sulawesi island, Faizah Badaruddin and her husband used to sew cushions, bed sheets and curtains for customers but the lockdown saw them raising the bar of humanity as they got down to stitching the masks for a meagre 10,000 to 15,000 Indonesian Rupiah each, which in Indian Rupees is between Rs 50 to 75. Also Read - Mohena Kumari Singh on Being Tested Positive For COVID-19: 'There Are People Suffering Way More Than Us'
In an interview with AFP, Badaruddin shared, “Since the pandemic started, everyone is wearing face masks. For deaf people, we cannot understand what others are saying because we can’t read their lips. The mask can be worn by both people who can hear and who can’t hear, so we can see your lips while you talk and those who are deaf can also communicate.” Also Read - Over 2,200 Punjab Schools Get Extension of One Year in View of COVID-19 Pandemic
The duo started in the business early in April, a work that is now flourishing with their humble partnership.
Several nations across the world are in a lockdown mode currently to deal with the threat of the deadly coronavirus, however, some people are still not taking it seriously and have no qualms in venturing out while in quarantine. Fed up by the same, an Indonesian politician earlier decided to scare rulebreakers by locking them in a ‘haunted house’ to teach them a lesson.
As per an AFP report, Sragen regency head Kusdinar Untung Yuni Sukowati had instructed communities to repurpose abandoned houses that were feared to be haunted and convert them into quarantine centres.
In Indonesia, there have been 10,843 positive cases of coronavirus with recovery of 1,665 and death toll at 831.