COVID Fiji
essay, photography

My AP Story: Virus outbreak in Fiji batters economy, tests health system

Fiji was able to remain a COVID-contained country--until this April, when the outbreak really hit. COVID cases continue to rise daily, and the effect has been hard on Fiji's heavily tourism-based economy. Read my AP story and see my photo essay here. Shout out to The Washington Post, which ran my story in its Business… Continue reading My AP Story: Virus outbreak in Fiji batters economy, tests health system

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essay, Food, garden

The Pandemic Arrives (for Real) in Fiji

We had been largely spared from the coronavirus pandemic when it first began to spread around the world last year. A few cases were found in Fiji in March 2020, and the government acted quickly to quarantine them and conduct contact tracing. There was a lockdown to try to prevent or slow viral spread, and… Continue reading The Pandemic Arrives (for Real) in Fiji

We Will Get By Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art

We Will Get By

I hope all of you are doing well, given the circumstances. Even all the way out here in Fiji, the coronavirus has arrived. The capital city, Suva, is in lockdown, and there is a curfew. But things are good overall. It's a time of togetherness at home, creativity, reflection and, as always, gratitude. Funny story:… Continue reading We Will Get By