We live 3,900 miles from each other in Nigeria and Iraq. Violent conflict is what we know in our lives and in our work for peace. Now we face a pandemic. We know from watching Ebola take hold in Democratic Republic of the Congo that disease fuels conflict, and infection spreads amidst chaos, crackdowns, and fear.
An Iraqi protester wears a face mask during an anti-government demonstration on Al-Jumhuriyah bridge in the capital Baghdad, on May 10, 2020. (File photo: AP)
Members of the Iraqi security forces wearing protective masks keep watch at Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on May 5, 2020. (AFP)
A child with his mother from Makoko Slum, carries their food parcel distributed by the Nigerian Red Cross, provided for those under coronavirus related movement restrictions, in Lagos, Nigeria on April 25, 2020. (AP)
Iraqi medical personnel gather in a show of support for healthcare workers and patients during the coronavirus pandemic, in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on April 14, 2020. (AFP)