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In Ñspel: The scale of the coronavirus crisis exposes how pointless the Brexit cause is

‘The downsides of EU membership were too banal to justify the bellicose frenzy against it. ‘ Photograph: Alberto Pezzali/AP
‘Ɖ dǎnsîdz v YY membrśp wr tù bnal t jusṭfî ɖ beḷcos frenzi agnst it.’ Foṭgraf: Alberto Petzali/AP
Ɖ scel v ɖ c’roṇvîṛs-crîsis xpozz hǎ pôntlis ɖ Brexit cōz z

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 1 April 2020)

Brex̣tirz’ wor on imajinri ʈrets nǎ lcs p’rocịl n slf-induljnt – hisṭri me juj ɖm harśli

Rafel Bér

Wnzde, 1 Epril 2020

Ɖs mt nt fīl lîc ɖ momnt t g on abt Brexit, bt Brexit gz on ẃɖr w r fīlñ it or nt. Ẃn ppl r wurid abt svîvñ Epril, Dsmbr’z dedlîn fr YY tredtōcs sīmz a loñ we of. Covid-19 me hv iclipst oldr probḷmz, bt ɖe wl nt solv ɖmslvz in its śado.

Ɖ dziz hz hōltd ngośieśnz n infctd ɖ līd-ngośietrz. Ol Ẃîthōl cpaṣti z biyñ spent on ɖ imīɉt crîsis. Boris Jonsn hz no tîm fr Brexit. F h dd, h mt wont t practis sm sośl distnsñ fṛm ɖ îdīa.

S’poz fr a momnt ɖt Britn hd nt olrdi cmitd t qitñ ɖ sngl marcit. Ɖen imajin ɖ guvnmnt ćuzñ ɖ pīc v a pandemic t plan ny obstrux́nz fr gdz flowñ btwn ɖ YC n Yṛp. Picćr Riśi Sŭnac, wunderkind ćanslr, xplenñ ẃ s’plîćenz mst b dsruptd n frix́n add at Ćanl ports. Pondr ministrz selñ ɖ îdīa v a custmzbordr btwn mênḷnd Britn n Norɖn Îrḷnd – sand in ɖ ẃīlz v rcuṿri, plus sōlt in ɖ wūndz v hisṭri. Pićt ɖt we, az a postvîṛl conṿlesnștraṭji, ɖ YC’z Brexit tṛjectri z absrd. Jonsn’z bst-ces s’nario – a “Caṇda-stîl” dīl – proṃsz onli śoc t a dbiḷtetd sistm.Īvn bfr c’roṇvîṛs, ɖ Dsmbr dedlîn lct fansifl. Trnziśnl arenjmnts cn b xtndd f a rqst z md in Bruslz bî ɖ end v Jūn bt Dǎnñ Strīt dnîz ʈncñ v sć a ʈñ. Ɖ ofiśl lîn stresz ɖt ɖ cuṛnt tîmtebl z inśrînd in lw, az f t implî ɖt it canot b ćenjd.

It cn, bt onli wɖ parḷmnt’s pmiśn, n ɖ prîm ministr z in no huri t asc hiz MPz. Sivl srvnts n sm sīńr Tōriz ʈnc h hz no ćôs, bt ɖe si lojic in līvñ it t ɖ last minit. Ɖ crîsis wl gt wrs bfr it īzz, n ɖ frɖr Jonsn marćz hiz parti dǎn ɖs gruwlñ rod, ɖ mor v its unwīldi îdịlojicl bagij gts dscardd. A fy mor wīcs v locdǎn n Brexit hardlînrz mt b pswedd t rubrstamp a secnd yir v trnziśn, gvn ɖt ɖ frst wn wl b lost t sicnis.

Covid-19 hz olrdi ravijd cnsrvtiv orʈ̇doxi, pṛvocñ ic̣nomic inṭvnśn on a scel unimajind bî eni ćanslr in rīsnt hisṭri. Fiscl diṣplin z gn, ẃl ɖ ny stetbosinis abt prîṿt bhevyr mcs libterịn Tōriz sqrm. Yroscepṭsizm hz nt yt bn compṛmîzd in ɖ sem we, bt ɖt dz’nt mīn it z iḿn.

Ɖr r rli simtmz v dscumf̣t in ɖ guvnmnt’s cnfyzd rspons t a jônt Yṛpiyn tndr fr imrjnsi medicl iqipmnt. Nu. 10 sd it hd nt tecn part bcz v Brexit, ɖen ćenjd its stori. Ɖe clem an īmeil-invteśn hd bn míst. Bt ofiślz hd noun v ɖ scīm fr munʈs. Bî sm combneśn v aṛgns n incompitns ɖ guvnmnt xcludd itslf fṛm wn pìs v Yṛpiyn cooṗreśn ɖt nwn cd rīzṇbli dnǎns az a compṛmîz on sovṛnti.

Ɖt mstec dz’nt yt cari a p’liticl penlti. Dītelz v ẃt ɖ YY acć̣li dz hz nvr mć xîtd public opińn, xpt ẃn it cn b caric̣ćrd az an afrunt t culćṛl ōtoṇmi. Bt ɖ rj t cut evri fîbr v evri ʈred ɖt bîndz ɖ YC t Yṛp z olso a mnoṛti-cmpulśn. Jonsn’z ilectṛl mandet wz t gt Brexit dn, mnli so ɖt sweti Yṛpiyn dbets mt b reḷgetd bac t ɖer prīref̣rendm pziśn on ɖ p’liticl frinjz. F ɖ prîm ministr nǎ dsîdd ɖt ɖ smōl print nīdd amndmnt I dǎt ɖr wd b upror. F ɖr z wn prsn in Britn ceṗbl v srvñ hard Brex̣tirz smʈñ softr ẃl clemñ ɖ test z ɖ sem, Jonsn z ɖt man.

In ɖ longr trm, ivnts hv a we v pruvñ evrwn rît in ɖer ǒn imaɉneśn. Pro-Yṛpiynz wl si ɖ pandemic az conf̣meśn ɖt modn ʈrets nǒ no bordrz, n ɖt cooṗreśn on a conṭnntl scel z ɖ inevitbl s’lūśn. Yṛsceptics wl pônt t ɖ prîṃsi v naśnl rsponsz in evri cuntri t argy ɖt ɖ plot fr a fedṛl sūṗstet gz agnst nećr’z gren. Ć sîd wl fînd evidns t s’port ɖer vy. Ɖ crîsis ofrz xamplz v cros-bordr soḷdaṛti n naśṇlist slf-îṣleśn.

It hz demnstretd ɖ lojic v conṭnntl cooṗreśn n probd conṭnntl fōltlînz. Ɖr z rnyd tnśn wɖn ɖ yṛzon bcz Jrmn n Duć taxpeyrz d’nt lîc unḍraitñ Itałn déts. Ɖr z dsme at Victr Orban yzñ ɖ clǒc v imrjnsipǎrz t suf̣cet ẃt deṃcratic spirit z left in Hunġri. Ɖ vîṛs wl olso b a śerd trōma ɖt mt, az in ɖ past, culṭvet ɖ sns v comn desṭni ɖt unḍpinz c’labṛtiv Yṛpiyn poḷtics.

YY strucćrz wl ivolv ʈru Covid-19, az wl ɖ caṛctr v ɖ Yṛpiyn project. Britn wl hv t dfîn its rleśnśps in ɖs ny contxt, olɖo plenti v ppl in Wsminstr wd rɖr rzym ɖ old dbet or pritnd ɖr z no dbet t b hd – ɖt campenreṭric fṛm 2019 ansrz qsćnz unasct bfr 2020.

Ɖ ʈñ cōld “Yṛp” ɖt hz doṃnetd Britiś poḷtics in rīsnt yirz z a crīćr v ɖ Yṛsceptic imaɉneśn, wɖ onli cartūn-rzmbḷns t ɖ riyl YY, aṇmetd bî xaɉreśn v pǎrz hld in Bruslz n paṛnoia abt ɖ we ɖe r wīldd.

Nǎ ɖt ɖ neśn fesz a trūli frîṭnñ menis it śd b obvịs ɖt YY membrśp nvr b’loñd in ɖt caṭgri. Ɖ dǎnsîdz wr tù bnal t jusṭfî ɖ beḷcos frenzi agnst it. Ɖ rīznz ppl gev fr seṗreśn hv nt gn awe, bt it gts hardr t mold ɖt cōz az ɖ stuf v naśnl glori. Iscepñ conṭnntl reğleśnz fr prosest fiś z nt in ɖ sem bracit az Aźincor n Duncrc.

Yṛsceptics wl clem vindceśn f c’roṇvîṛs plunjz ɖ YY intu an xistnśl crîsis, bt hisṭri mt olso juj ɖm harśli. Ɖe wejd a jeṇreśn-loñ batl agnst imajinri ʈrets, clemñ vicṭri on ɖ īv v mītñ a riyl wn. C’roṇvîṛs hz nt jst bumt Brexit dǎn ɖ p’liticl ajnda, it mcs ɖ hol project lc p’rocịl n slf-induljnt. Britn’z YY membrśp xpîrd on 31 Jańri, bt ɖ doctrin ɖt cast Yṛp az a naśnl aflix́n śd b berid alñsd it.

Rafel Bér z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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In Ñspel: The coronavirus crisis has exposed the ugly truth about celebrity culture and capitalism

Pśñ ɖ bot ǎt ... Devid Gefn’z $590m sūṗyot, Rîzñsún. Foṭgraf: Ax́n Pres/Rex/Śuṭstoc
Pśñ ɖ bot ǎt … Devid Gefn’z $590m sūṗyot, Rîzñsún. Foṭgraf: Ax́n Pres/Rex/Śuṭstoc
Ɖ c’roṇvîṛs-crîsis hz xpozd ɖ ugli truʈ abt s’lebṛticulćr n capiṭlizm

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 31 March 2020)

Ɖ rić n feṃs r despṛt t pruv w r ol in ɖs tgɖr – in fact, ɖ ǎtbrec hz hîlîtd jst hǎ fōls ɖt z

Arwa Mādawi

Tyzde, 31 Marć 2020

Wd y sper a ʈt fr ol ɖ pur, suf̣rñ s’lebṛtiz ǎt ɖr? Ẃl ɖs z a dificlt tîm fr evrwn, it hz bn ptiklrli tuf on ɖ feṃs. Ɖe hv bn upstejd bî a vîṛs. Nwn cerz ẃt ɖe r wẹrñ or hu ɖe r snogñ eni mor; ɖ wrld’z atnśn hz bn dvrtd bî a hedlîn-hogñ pandemic. It sīmz az f sm s’lebṛtiz r startñ t grapl wɖ ɖ rịlîześn ɖt ɖe r nt qt az importnt or b’luvid az ɖe ʈt ɖe wr.

Gal Gdót wz ɖ frst victim v ɖ gret s’lebṛti-baclaś v 2020. “W’r ol in ɖs tgɖr,” ɖ Wundr Wmn star aśurd s in a vidio on Insṭgram a cupl v wīcs ago, bfr lōnćñ intu a star-studd rendiśn v Jon Lenn’z Imajin. Cn y imajin hǎ litl slf’wernis y mst hv t inlist a bunć v multimiłnerz t sñ abt a wrld wɖ “no pześnz” ẃl hyj numbrz v ppl r luzñ ɖer jobz? Ɖ ton-def pformns wz swiftli savijd.

Wn wd hv ʈt ɖ gliṭrāti mt hv lrnt fṛm ɖ sceɖñ riax́n t Gdót’s sñ’loñ. Bt no, ɖ vepid meṣjz v hop fṛm selebz cīp cmñ – az d ɖ dsgustd rsponsz fṛm ɖ public. Mdona, fr rīznz onli ś nz, dsîdd t prīć t s fṛm a baʈtub fl v rôzpetlz. Covid-19 “dz’nt cer abt hǎ rić y r” ś informd s. “It’s ɖ gret īqlîzr.” It srtnli bròt ppl tgɖr in dsden fr hr ǎt-v-tuć antics.

Ɖen ɖr z ɖ biłner Devid Gefn, hu dlitd Insṭgram aftr ɖ insnst riax́n t him postñ picćrz v hiz $590m (£480m) sūṗyot, on ẃć h z slf-îṣletñ, wɖ ɖ capśn “hop evrwn z steyñ sef”. Fẹrñ slîtli betr on ɖ sośl-mīdia frunt z Ivanca Trump, hu hz nt yt s’qestrd hrslf on a sūṗyot. Instd ś z slflisli edycetñ ɖ gret unwośt bî postñ a vidio v hr cidz clīnñ ɖer handz wɖ $39 Īṣp sop. A riyl wmn v ɖ ppl.

Nǎ it sīmz ɖt Faṛl Wiłmz hz bcm ɖ lêtist s’lebṛti hu z stuc insd bt c’nt rīd ɖ rūm. Last wīc, ɖ ḿziśn cōld on hiz Twitr folowrz t dnet t hospitlz. A repriznttiv rplî: “Y’r wrʈ ovr $150 miłn, dnet yr ǒn muni.” Wiłmz lêtr claṛfaid ɖt h hd olrdi dnetd; nvɖles, it fīlz az f an ōfl lot v s’lebṛtiz r mor cīn on s’liṣtñ muni fṛm ɖ plebz ɖn rīćñ intu ɖer ǒn prsz. Ɖ śef n TV star Bobi Fle, fr xampl, hu z sd t b wrʈ abt $30 miłn, set p a GoFundMi campen t hlp him pe hiz resṭront-implôīz. Ɖt z capiṭlizm fr y: ivnć̣li y hv t rlî on uɖr ppl’z muni.

S’lebṛtiz biyñ clūlis z nʈñ ny, bt it fīlz az f ɖr hz nvr bn sć angr levld at ɖ jetset. Far fṛm biyñ a “gret īqlîzr”, c’roṇvîṛs hz md iniqoḷti imposbl t ignor. Ɖt z nt jst wlʈ-iniqoḷti, bt iniqoḷti v axes t hlʈcer. A ny feṃs prsn sīmz t tst poẓtiv fr c’roṇvîṛs evri de ẃl xibtñ mîld simtmz at bst. Mnẃl, ǎr frendz n faṃli cn b cofñ p ɖer luñz n stl nt gt axes t a tst or a hospitlbed.

S’lebṛticulćr n capiṭlizm r inxtricbli intwînd. Bʈ eḷvet ɖ indivijl ovr ɖ c’lectiv gd. Ɖe rlî on ɖ lai v “meṛtocṛsi”: wrc hard n y cn aćiv ẃtvr y wont. Bt it hz bcm uncumftbli clir hǎ litl w valy ǎr hardist wrcrz – ɖ hlʈcer-pṛfeśnlz, sūṗmarcitstaf, busdrîvrz n dlivridrîvrz hu r cīpñ ɖ wrld runñ ẃl ɖ rić run t ɖer secnd homz. N it hz nvr bn so clir hǎ litl ɖ ppl hu rn ɖ most cntribyt t ssayti. “W’r ol in ɖs tgɖr,” ɖ rić n feṃs cīp telñ s. Sori, bt it z obvịs ɖt w r nt.

Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mādawi z a Gardịn coḷmnist

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In Ñspel: The Observer view on government failure in the coronavirus crisis

Ɖ ny NHS Nîtñgel hospitl in Lundn wl hv cpaṣti fr 4,000 c’roṇvîṛs peśnts. Foṭgraf: Aṇdolu Ejnsi via Geti Iṃjz
Ɖ ny NHS Nîtñgel hospitl in Lundn wl hv cpaṣti fr 4,000 c’roṇvîṛs peśnts. Foṭgraf: Aṇdolu Ejnsi via Geti Iṃjz
Ɖ Obzrvr vy on guvnmntfełr in ɖ c’roṇvîṛs crîsis

(Transcription of an article published in the Observer on 29 March 2020)

A pandemic wz olwz gwñ t pt ɖ hlʈsistm undr stren, bt Britn wz wǒf̣li unredi

Súnde, 29 Marć 2020

Last wīc bròt ɖ trajic nyz v ɖ frst medicl pṛfeśnlz t fōl victim t Britn’z c’roṇvîṛs eṗdemic. Dr. Hbīb Zaīdi wz a cḿṇti JP in Esix hu daid fṛm sspctd Covid-19 simtmz last Wenzde. Dr. Adil El Tîar wz a Lundn-best orgntransplant srjn hu b’livd h cntractd ɖ ilnis ẃl wrcñ in hospitlz in ɖ Wst Midḷndz. Ɖr wl vri lîcli b mor doctrz, nrsz n s’portstaf hu olso lūz ɖer lîvz az a rzult v ɖer criticl wrc in trītñ peśnts wɖ ɖ vîṛs. It z an apōlñ rmîndr ɖt, evri de, NHS n sośl-cer staf r ptñ ɖer ǒn livz at risc in ordr t sev ɖ lîvz v uɖrz.

In rīsnt dez, ɖ ef̣t t ramp p ɖ NHS’z criticl-cer cpaṣti hz bn increḍbl. Wrc z wel undr we t bild a ny hospitl at Lundn’z Xel sntr: fṛm nxt wīc, NHS Nîtñgel wl pṛvîd 500 bedz, wɖ spes t xpand t 4,000; an increḍbl 27-fold incris in ɖ capitl’z criticl-cer bedz. Similr hospitl xpanśnprogramz r gtñ undr we in Brmñm n Manćestr.

It wl, hvr, tec an imns hymn ef̣t fṛm doctrz, nrsz n s’portstaf t cīp ɖ NHS on its fīt. Medicl pṛfeśnlz wl b draftd in fṛm arnd ɖ cuntri t staf ɖz xtra bedz; mni wl liv on sait n wrc fizicli n imośṇli xōstñ śifts in bérli tolṛbl cndiśnz. P n dǎn ɖ cuntri, doctrz n nrsz hv sd gdbî t ɖer nirist n dirist, muvñ ǎt v ɖer faṃlihomz, or r sndñ ćildṛn t liv wɖ reḷtivz, ptnṣ́li fr munʈs, in ordr t avôd ptñ ɖm at risc. It z utrli ō-inspîrñ, n w s’lūt ɖer dedceśn t srvis. It wl nt b fgotn.

Bt ɖ dedceśn v medicl pṛfeśnlz contrasts śarpli wɖ ɖ lac v guvnmntpriperidnis – fr xampl in pṛkrñ xtra stocs v vnṭletrz, prsnl pṛtctiv iqipmnt (PPI) n vîṛs-tstñ cits. It śd hv bn clir fṛm ɖ evidns cmñ ǎt v Ćîna fṛm Febrri onẉdz ɖt ɖ riscs v a globl pandemic, rqîrñ sgnificnt adiśnl medicl rzorsz, wr vri hî indd.

A hlʈsistm drivn t ɖ abṣlut limits v its cpaṣti wl inevitbli b les rziłnt

Yt it wz onli tū wīcs ago ɖt ɖ hlʈministr, Mát Hancoc, iśùd a public cōl fr cumṗniz t contact ɖ guvnmnt n asist in vnṭletrpṛdux́n. Sins ɖen, xtrimli wuriyñ dītelz hv imrjd ɖt sjst ɖr wz a lac v pṛkrmntcompitns wɖn ɖ guvnmnt. Britn hz nt tecn part in a YY jônt-pṛkrmnt scīm fr vnṭletrz, ẃć cd hv yzd ɖ blóc’s c’lectiv prć̣sñpǎr t incris ɖ stoc v vnṭletrz ɖt ɖ NHS hz axes t.

At frst, guvnmntsorsz clemd ɖ YC dsîdd nt t ptiṣpet bcz w r no longr a membr v ɖ YY, n ɖt ɖ YC wz “mcñ its ǒn ef̣ts” t sors xtra vnṭletrz. Ɖen w wr tld ɖt ɖ guvnmnt hd axdnṭli míst ɖ dedlîn; ɖs wz pt dǎn t “an iniśl cḿṇceśnprobḷm”. Bt Bruslz pubḷcli anǎnst planz fr a jônt pṛkrmntproses – wîdli rportd in ɖ pres – wīcs ago, n it hz md clir ɖt YC repriznttivz wr preznt at mītñz ẃr jônt pṛkrmnt wz dscust.

Ɖs oṿsît dz nʈñ t ale firz ɖt ɖ guvnmnt me hv pást p on ɖ oṗtyṇti t tec part in a YY iniṣ́tiv t pṛkr lîf-sevñ iqipmnt fr îdịlojicl rīznz. Morovr, xistñ vnṭletrmańfacćrrz in ɖ YC se ɖt, dspt cntactñ ɖ guvnmnt wɖ ofrz t ramp p ɖer pṛdux́n, ɖe hv hd litl rspons. Wn cumṗni, D’rect Axes, cntactd ɖ Dpartmnt fr Biznis aftr sorsñ 5,000 vnṭletrz bt hŕd nʈñ bac, n aftr a fy dez ɖ s’plîz wr d’rectd elsẃr. Anɖr s’playr, MEC Medicl, olso sd ɖ guvnmnt feld t rspond t its ofrz t xpand vnṭletrpṛdux́n.

Ɖr r olso iśuz ovr ɖ aveḷbiḷti v PPI. Last wīc it imrjd ɖt in 2016 ɖ Dpartmnt v Hlʈ rjctd xprt’dvîs t incris PPI stocpîlz agnst ɖ risc v an influenẓpandemic on ɖ grǎndz v cost. Ɖs dsiźn hz hd consiqnsz: medicl pṛfeśnlz cntiny t rport ɖt ɖr r stl śorṭjz v iqipmnt at ɖ fruntlîn. Sm NHS trusts hv bn ascñ scūlz t dnet saynsgoglz; n sm doctrz rport ɖt ɖe hv sorst n peid fr ɖer ǒn pṛtctiv mascs. Staf rmen cnsrnd ɖt ɖ rīzn ɖt ɖ YC advîs on pṛtctiv iqipmnt dvrjz fṛm ɖt v ɖ Wrld Hlʈ-Orġnîześn in sm instnsz z t prizrv liṃtd s’plîz, rɖr ɖn set ǎt bst practis.

Ɖs z ɖ sîn v a hlʈsistm ɖt hz bn pt undr xtrim preśr bî inadiqt levlz v fundñ sins 2010. A pandemic v ɖs sort wd olwz ples intolṛbl stren on ɖ NHS. Bt its impact wl b wrs az a rzult v a deced v unḍfundñ ɖt hz left hospitl bed-okpnsi rets reğlrli xidñ sef levlz; ilectiv oṗreśnz cansld dy t cpaṣti-iśuz; criticl-cer cpaṣti at lowr levlz ɖn most Yṛpiyn cuntriz; n a stafñcrîsis ɖt hz dplitd ɖ mral v fruntlîn staf.

A hlʈsistm drivn t ɖ abṣlut limits v its cpaṣti wl inevitbli b les rziłnt t ɖs sort v xtrordnri crîsis ɖn wn ɖt hz a litl briɖñrūm. Ɖr wl b uņesṣri n avôḍbl deʈs az a rzult. Tde, w śd aplōd ɖ xtrordnri ef̣ts biyñ md bî mni acrs guvnmnt t redi ɖ NHS fr ɖ sūnāmi ɖt z abt t hit it. Bt ɖ tîm wl cm t hold acǎntbl ɖoz poḷtiśnz hu wr so cīn t wīld uņesṣri bujitcuts az a baj v ɖer Cnsrvtiv cṛdnślz, ẃl peyñ litl hīd t ɖ consiqnsz v ɖer ax́nz.

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In Ñspel: GRETA THUNBERG

Greta Thunberg with her mother, opera singer Malena Ernman, in Stockholm. Photograph: Malin Hoelstad/SvD/TT/PA Media
Griéta Tŭnberi wɖ hr muɖr, opṛsñr Małena Ernman, in Stochom. Foṭgraf: Malin Hrlstat/SvD/TT/PA Mīdia
Małena Ernman on dōtr Griéta Tŭnberi: ‘Ś wz slǒli dis’pirñ intu sm cnd v darcnis’

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 23 February 2020)

A ny bc bî Griéta Tŭnberi’z muɖr rvilz ɖ riaḷti v faṃlilîf jrñ hr dōtr’z transfmeśn fṛm bŭlid tīnejr t clîṃt-îcón

bî Małena Ernman

Súnde 23 Febrri 2020

Griéta’z faɖr, Svanta, n I r ẃt z noun in Swīdn az “culćṛl wrcrz” – trênd in oṗra, ḿzic n ʈiytr wɖ haf a c’rir v wrc in ɖoz fīldz bhnd s. Ẃn I wz pregnnt wɖ Griéta, n wrcñ in Jrṃni, Svanta wz actñ at ʈri difṛnt ʈiytrz in Swīdn simlteńsli. I hd sevṛl yirz v bîndñ contracts ahd v m at verịs opṛhǎzz ol ovr Yṛp. Wɖ 1,000cm btwn s, w tōct ovr ɖ fon abt hǎ w cd gt ǎr ny riaḷti t wrc.

“Y’r wn v ɖ bst in ɖ wrld at ẃt y d,” Svanta sd. “N az fr m, I am mor lîc a beispleyr in ɖ Swīdiś ʈiytr n cn vri īẓli b rplest. Nt t mnśn y rn so dámd mć mor ɖn I d.” I pṛtstd a litl haf-hartidli bt ɖ ćôs wz md.

A fy wīcs lêtr w wr at ɖ premier fr Don Giovanni at ɖ Stātsoper in Brlin n Svanta xplend hiz cuṛnt pṛfeśnl steṭs t Dańl Baṛnbôm n Sesīła Bartoli.

“So nǎ I’m a hǎswîf.”

W carid on lîc ɖt fr 12 yirz. It wz ardẏs bt gret fun. W spent tū munʈs in ć siti n ɖen muvd on. Brlin, Paris, Viena, Amsṭdam, Barṣlona. Rnd n rnd. W spent ɖ sumrz in Glînbōrn, Saltsbrg or Ez-õ-Provãs. Az y d ẃn y’r gd at sññ oṗra n uɖr clasicl ḿzic. I rhrst 20 t 30 aurz a wīc n ɖ rest v ɖ tîm w spent tgɖr.

Beata wz born ʈri yirz aftr Griéta n w bòt a Volvo V70 so w’d hv rūm fr dol’z hǎzz, tediberz n trîsiclz. Ɖoz wr fntastic yirz. Ǎr lîf wz marvḷs.

Wn īvnñ in ɖ ōtm v 2014, Svanta n I sat slumt on ǎr baʈrūm flor in Stochom. It wz lêt, ɖ ćildṛn wr aslip. Evrʈñ wz startñ t fōl apart arnd s. Griéta wz 11, hd jst startd fifʈ gred, n wz nt dwñ wel. Ś craid at nît ẃn ś śd b slīpñ. Ś craid on hr we t scūl. Ś craid in hr clasz n jrñ hr brecs, n ɖ tīćrz cōld hom olmst evri de. Svanta hd t run of n brñ hr hom t Mozz, ǎr goldn rtrivr. Ś sat wɖ him fr aurz, petñ him n strocñ hiz fŕ. Ś wz slǒli dis’pirñ intu sm cnd v darcnis n litl bî litl, bit bî bit, ś sīmd t stop fuñṣ́nñ. Ś stopt pleyñ ɖ piano. Ś stopt lafñ. Ś stopt tōcñ. N ś stopt ītñ.

W sat ɖr on ɖ hard mzêic flor, nwñ xacli ẃt w wd d. W wd ćenj evrʈñ. W wd fînd ɖ we bac t Griéta, no matr ɖ cost. Ɖ sićueśn cōld fr mor ɖn wrdz n fīlñz. A clozñ v acǎnts. A clīn brec.

“Hǎ r y fīlñ?” Svanta asct. “D y wont t cīp gwñ?”

“No.”

“Oce. Fuc ɖs. No mor,” h sd. “W’l cansl evrʈñ. Evri last contract,” Svanta wnt on. “Mdrid, Zŭrih, Viena, Bruslz. Evrʈñ.”

Wn Saṭde sn aftwdz, w dsîd w’r gwñ t bec bunz, ol for v s, ɖ hol faṃli, n w’r dtrmind t mc ɖs wrc. It hz t. F w cn bec ǎr bunz az yźl, in pīs n qayt, Griéta wl b ebl t īt ɖm az yźl, n ɖen evrʈñ wl b rzolvd, fixt. It’s gwñ t b az īzi az pî. Becñ bunz z aftr ol ǎr feṿrit activti. So w bec, dansñ arnd in ɖ cićn so az t criet ɖ most poẓtiv, hapiist bunbecñ parti in hymn hisṭri.

Bt wns ɖ bunz r ǎt v ɖ uvn ɖ parti stops in its tracs. Griéta pics p a bun n snifs it. Ś sits ɖr holdñ it, trîz t opn hr mǎʈ, bt… c’nt. W si ɖt ɖs z’nt gwñ t wrc.

“Plīz īt,” Svanta n I se in cōṛs. Cāmli, at frst. N ɖen mor frmli. Ɖen wɖ evri ǎns v pnt-up fṛstreśn n pǎrlisnis. Untl fîṇli w scrīm, letñ ǎt ol ǎr fir n hoplisnis. “Īt! Y hv t īt, d’nt y unḍstand? Y hv t īt nǎ, uɖ̇wz y’l dî!”

Ɖen Griéta hz hr frst panic-atac. Ś mcs a sǎnd w’v nvr hŕd bfr, evr. Ś lets ǎt an abizml hǎl ɖt lasts fr ovr 40 minits. W hv’nt hŕd hr scrīm sins ś wz an inf̣nt.

I credl hr in mî armz, n Mozz lîz alñsd hr, hiz môst nǒz prest t hr hed. Griéta ascs, “Am I gwñ t gt wel agn?”

“V cors y r,” I rplî.

“Ẃn am I gwñ t gt wel?”

“I d’nt nǒ. Sn.”

Malena Ernman and Svante Thunberg with their daughters, newborn Beata and Greta aged three, 2005. Photograph: Lizzie Larsson/TT/PA Images
Małena Ernnman n Svanta Tŭnberi wɖ ɖer dōtrz, nyborn Beata n Griéta ejd ʈri, 2005. Foṭgraf: Lizi Larsn/TT/PA Iṃjz

On a ẃît śīt v pepr fixt t ɖ wōl w not dǎn evrʈñ Griéta īts n hǎ loñ it tecs fr hr t īt it. Ɖ amǎnts r smōl. N it tecs a loñ tîm. Bt ɖ imrjnsi-ynit at ɖ Stochom Sntr fr Ītñ-Dsordrz sz ɖt ɖs meʈ̇d hz a gd loñ-trm s’xesret. Y rait dǎn ẃt y īt mīl bî mīl, ɖen y list evrʈñ y cn īt, ʈñz y wś y cd īt n ʈñz y wont t b ebl t īt frɖr dǎn ɖ lîn.It’s a śort list. Rîs, avcādoz n gnoći.

Scūl starts in fîv minits. Bt ɖr z’nt gwñ t b eni scūl tde. Ɖr z’nt gwñ t b eni scūl at ol ɖs wīc. Yesṭde Svanta n I got anɖr īmeil fṛm ɖ scūl xpresñ ɖer “cnsrn” abt Griéta’z lac v atndns, dspt ɖ fact ɖt ɖe wr in pześn v sevṛl letrz fṛm bʈ doctrz n sîcoḷjists xplenñ hr sićueśn.

Agn, I inform ɖ scūl-ofis v ǎr sićueśn n ɖe rplî wɖ an īmeil seyñ ɖt ɖe hop Griéta wl cm t scūl az yźl on Munde so “ɖs probḷm” cn b dlt wɖ. Bt Griéta w’nt b in scūl on Munde. Bcz unls a sudn dṛmatic ćenj ocŕz ś’z gwñ t b admitd t Sacsca ćildṛn’z hospitl nxt wīc.

Svanta z bôlñ gnoći. It z xtrimli importnt ɖt ɖ cnsistnsi z prfict, uɖ̇wz it w’nt b ītn. W set a sṗsific numbr v gnoći on hr plet. It’s a delic̣t baḷnsñ-act; f w ofr tù mni ǎr dōtr w’nt īt enʈñ n f w ofr tù fy ś w’nt gt inuf. Ẃtvr ś injsts z obvịsli tù litl, bt evri litl bît cǎnts n w c’nt aford t west a sngl wn.

Ɖen Griéta sits ɖr sortñ ɖ gnoći. Ś trnz ć wn ovr, presz on ɖm n ɖen dz it agn. N agn. Aftr 20 minits ś starts ītñ. Ś lics n sucs n ćuz: tîni, tîni bîts. It tecs fr evr.

“I’m fl,” ś sz sudnli. “I c’nt īt eni mor.”

Svanta n I avôd lcñ at ć uɖr. W hv t hold bac ǎr fṛstreśn, bcz w’v startd t riylîz ɖt ɖs z ɖ onli ʈñ ɖt wrcs. W’v xplord ol uɖr tactics. Evri uɖr cnsivbl we. W’v ordrd hr strnli. W’v scrīmd, laft, ʈretnd, begd, plīdd, craid n ofrd evri imajiṇbl brîb. Bt ɖs sīmz t b ẃt wrcs bst.

Svanta gz p t ɖ śīt v pepr on ɖ wōl n raits:

Lunć: 5 gnoći. Tîm: 2 aurz n 10 minits.

Nt ītñ cn mīn mni ʈñz. Ɖ qsćn z ẃt. Ɖ qsćn z ẃ. Svanta n I lc fr ansrz. I spend ɖ īvnñz rīdñ evrʈñ I cn fînd on ɖ inṭnet abt aṇrexia n ītñ-dsordrz. W’r śr it’s nt aṇrexia. Bt, w cīp hírñ ɖt aṇrexia z a vri cunñ dsordr n wl d enʈñ t ived dscuṿri. So w cīp ɖt dor wîd opn.

I spīc endlisli t ɖ ćildṛn’z sîcaytri srvis (BUP), ɖ hlʈcer inf̣meśn srvis, doctrz, sîcoḷjists n evri cnsivbl aqentns hu me b ebl t ofr ɖ līst bit v nolij or gîdns.

At Griéta’z scūl ɖr’z a sîcoḷjist hu z xpirịnst wɖ ōtizm. Ś tōcs wɖ bʈ v s on ɖ fon n sz ɖt a cerfl invstgeśn mst stl b cnductd, bt in hr îz – n of ɖ record – Griéta śoz clir sînz v biyñ on ɖ ōtizmspectṛm. “Hî-fuñṣ́nñ Asprjr’z,” ś sz.

Mītñ aftr mītñ foloz ẃr w rpit ǎr stori n xplor ǎr opśnz. W tōc awe ẃl Griéta sits sîḷntli. Ś hz stopt spīcñ wɖ enwn xpt m, Svanta n Beata. Evrwn riyli wonts t ofr ol ɖ hlp ɖe cn bt it’s az f ɖr’z no hlp t b hd. Nt yt, at līst. W’r fumḅlñ in ɖ darc.

Aftr tū munʈs v nt ītñ Griéta hz lost olmst 10cg, ẃć z a lot ẃn y r rɖr smōl t bgin wɖ. Hr bodi-tmpṛćr z lo n hr puls n bludpreśr clirli inḍcet sînz v starveśn. Ś no longr hz ɖ eṇji t tec ɖ sterz n hr scorz on ɖ dpreśn-tsts ś tecs r scî hî. W xplen t ǎr dōtr ɖt w hv t start pripẹrñ ǎrslvz fr a ste at ɖ hospitl, ẃr it’s poṣbl t gt ńtriśn n fūd wɖt ītñ, wɖ tybz n drips.

In mid-Nvmbr ɖr’z a big mītñ at BUP. Griéta sits sîḷntli. Az yźl. I’m crayñ. Az yźl. “F ɖr r no dveḷpmnts aftr ɖ wīc-end ɖen w’l hv t admit y t ɖ hospitl,” ɖ doctr sz.

On ɖ sterz dǎn t ɖ lobi Griéta trnz rnd. “I wont t start ītñ agn.” Ol ʈri v s brst intu tirz n w g hom n Griéta īts a hol grīn apl. Bt nʈñ mor wl g dǎn. Az it trnz ǎt, it’s a litl hardr ɖn y ʈnc t jst start ītñ agn. W tec a fy cerfl trîlsteps n it wrcs. W inć fwd. Ś īts tîni amǎnts v rîs, avcādo n bnanaz. W tec ǎr tîm. N w start on srtṛlīn, an antidipreṣnt.

“D ɖe olwz lc at y ɖt we?”

“D’nt nǒ. Ʈnc so.”

Svanta n Griéta hv bn at ɖ end-v-trm seriṃni at scūl ẃr ɖe traid t mc ɖmslvz inviẓbl in ɖ coṛdorz n sterwelz. Ẃn stydnts opnli pônt n laf at y – īvn ɖo y’r wōcñ alñsd yr peṛnt – ɖen ʈñz hv gn tù far. We tù far.

At hom in ɖ cićn, Svanta xplenz t m ẃt ɖ’v jst xpirịnst, ẃl Griéta īts hr rîs n avcādo. I gt so angri at ẃt I hír ɖt I cd ter dǎn haf ɖ strīt w liv on wɖ mî bér handz, bt ǎr dōtr hz a difṛnt riax́n. Ś’z hapi it’s in ɖ opn.

Ś dvots ɖ hol Crisṃs brec t telñ s abt unspīcbli ōfl insidnts. It’s lîc a muvimontāź fīćrñ evri imajiṇbl bŭliyñ s’nario. Storiz abt biyñ pśt ovr in ɖ plêgrǎnd, resld t ɖ grǎnd, or lurd intu strenj plesz, ɖ sisṭmatic śunñ n ɖ sef spes in ɖ grlz’ tôḷts ẃr ś smtmz maṇjz t hîd n crî bfr ɖ brecmonitrz fors hr ǎt intu ɖ plêgrǎnd agn. Fr a fl yir, ɖ storiz cīp cmñ. Svanta n I inform ɖ scūl, bt ɖ scūl z’nt simṗʈetic. Ɖer unḍstandñ v ɖ sićueśn z difṛnt. It’s Griéta’z ǒn fōlt, ɖ scūl ʈncs; sevṛl ćildṛn hv sd rpitidli ɖt Griéta hz bhevd strenjli n spocn tù softli n nvr sz hlo. Ɖ latr ɖe rait in an īmeil.

Ɖe rait wrs ʈñz ɖn ɖt, ẃć z luci fr s, bcz ẃn w rport ɖ scūl t ɖ Swīdiś scūlz-inspctṛt w’r on a frm ftñ n ɖr’z no dǎt ɖt ɖ inspctṛt wl rūl in ǎr fevr.

I xplen t Griéta ɖt ś’l hv frendz agn, lêtr. Bt hr rspons z olwz ɖ sem. “I d’nt wont t hv a frend. Frendz r ćildṛn n ol ćildṛn r mīn.”

Griéta’z pulsret gts strongr n fîṇli ɖ weit crv trnz upwdz stroñli inuf fr a ńrosîcîatric invstgeśn t bgin.

Ǎr dōtr hz Asprjr’z, hî-fuñṣ́nñ ōtizm n OCD, obsesiv-cmpulsiv dsordr. “W cd forṃli daygnoz hr wɖ s’lectiv ḿtizm, tù, bt ɖt ofn gz awe on its ǒn wɖ tîm,” ɖ doctr tlz s. W r’nt s’prîzd. Besicli, ɖs wz ɖ cncluźn w drù sevṛl munʈs ago.

On ɖ we ǎt, Beata cōlz t tel s ś’z hvñ dinr wɖ a frend, n I fīl a stñ v gilt. Sn w’l tec cer v y tù, darlñ, I promis hr in mî mînd, bt frst Griéta hz t gt wel.

Sumr z cmñ, n w wōc ɖ hol we hom. W olmst d’nt īvn nīd t raśn ɖ brnñ v caḷriz eni mor.

Six munʈs aftr Griéta rsivd hr dạgnosis, lîf hz levld ǎt intu smʈñ ɖt rzmblz an evride rūtīn. Ś hz startd at a ny scūl. I’v clird mî caḷndr n pt wrc on ɖ bacbrnr. Bt ẃl w’r fl p wɖ tecñ cer v Griéta, Beata’z hvñ mor n mor v a tuf tîm. In scūl evrʈñ z ticñ alñ. Bt at hom ś fōlz apart, craśz. Ś c’nt stand biyñ wɖ s at ol eni mor. Evrʈñ Svanta n I d upsets hr n in ǎr cumṗni ś cn lūz cntrol. Ś clirli z nt fīlñ wel.

Wn de nir hr 11ʈ brʈde I fînd hr standñ in ɖ livñrūm, hrlñ DVDz fṛm ɖ bc-ślf dǎn ɖ spîṛl sterces t ɖ cićn. “Y onli cer abt Griéta. Nvr abt m. I het y, Mum. Y r ɖ wrst bludi muɖr in ɖ hol wrld, y bludi fucñ bić,” ś scrīmz az Jaspr ɖ Penḡn hits m on ɖ fōrhed.

It’s ōtm 2015 ẃn Beata unḍgz an ivalyeśn fr verịs ńrodiveḷpmntl dsordrz. Ś z dạgnozd wɖ ADHD, wɖ elimnts v Asprjr’z, OCD n ODD [oṗziśnl dfaynt dsordr]. Nǎ ɖt ś hz ɖ dạgnosis it fīlz lîc a freś start fr hr, an xpḷneśn, a rdres, a reṃdi. At scūl ś hz marvḷs tīćrz hu mc evrʈñ wrc. Ś dz’nt hv t d homwrc. W drop ol activtiz. W avôd enʈñ ɖt me b stresfl. N it wrcs. Ẃtvr hapnz w mst nvr mīt angr wɖ angr, bcz ɖt, priti mć olwz, dz mor harm ɖn gd. W adapt n w plan, wɖ rigṛs rūtīnz n rićlz. Aur bî aur. W trî t fînd habits ɖt wrc.

Outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, August 2018. Photograph: Anders Hellberg
Ǎtsd ɖ Swīdiś parḷmnt in Stochom, Ōġst 2018. Foṭgraf: Andrz Hlberi

Ɖ fact ɖt ǎr ćildṛn fîṇli got hlp wz dy t a gret mni factrz. In part it wz abt xistñ cer, prūvn meʈ̇dz, advîs n meḍceśn. It wz olso ʈancs t ǎr ǒn tôl, peśns, tîm n luc ɖt Griéta n Beata faund ɖer we bac on ɖer fīt. Hvr, ẃt hapnd t Griéta in ptiklr c’nt b xplend simpli bî a sîciatric lebl. In ɖ end, ś simpli cd’nt recnsîl ɖ contṛdix́nz v modn lîf. Ʈñz simpli dd’nt ad p. W, hu liv in an ej v historic abundns, hu hv axes t hyj śerd rzorsz, c’nt aford t hlp vulnṛbl ppl in flît fṛm wor n terr – ppl lîc y n m, bt hu hv lost evrʈñ. In scūl wn de, Griéta’z clas woćz a film abt hǎ mć rubiś ɖr z in ɖ ośnz. An îḷnd v plastic, larjr ɖn Mx̣co, z flotñ arnd in ɖ Sǎʈ Psific. Griéta crîz ʈrt ɖ film. Hr clasmets r olso clirli muvd. Bfr ɖ lésn z ovr ɖ tīćr anǎnsz ɖt on Munde ɖr wl b a substtyt tīćñ ɖ clas, bcz ś’z gwñ t a wedñ ovr ɖ wīc-end, in Cnetic̣t, rît ǎtsd v Ny Yorc. “Wǎ, luci y,” ɖ pyplz se. Ǎt in ɖ coṛdor ɖ traś-îḷnd of ɖ cǒst v Ćíli z olrdi fgotn. Ny iFonz r tecn ǎt v fŕ-trimd dǎn jacits, n evrwn hu hz bn t Ny Yorc tōcs abt hǎ gret it z, wɖ ol ɖoz śops, n Barṣlona hz amezñ śopñ tù, n in Tîland evrʈñ z so ćīp, n smwn z gwñ wɖ hr muɖr t Vietnam ovr ɖ Īstr brec, n Griéta c’nt recnsîl eni v ɖs wɖ eni v ẃt ś hz jst sìn.

Ś sw ẃt ɖ rest v s dd nt wont t si. It wz az f ś cd si ǎr CO2 imiśnz wɖ hr necid î. Ɖ inviẓbl, culrlis, séntlis, sǎndlis abis ɖt ǎr jeṇreśn hz ćozn t ignor. Ś sw ol v it – nt litṛli, v cors, bt nnɖles ś sw ɖ grīnhǎs gasz strīmñ ǎt v ǎr ćimniz, woftñ upwdz wɖ ɖ windz n trnsformñ ɖ atṃsfir intu a jîgantic, inviẓbl garbijdump.

Ś wz ɖ ćîld, w wr ɖ emprr. N w wr ol necid.

‘Y s’lebṛtiz r besicli t ɖ invîrnmnt ẃt antiimigṛnt poḷtiśnz r t multiculćṛl ssayti,” Griéta sz at ɖ brecfsțebl rli in 2016. I ges it’s tru. Nt jst v s’lebṛtiz, bt v ɖ vast mjoṛti v ppl. Evrwn wonts t b s’xesfl, n nʈñ cnvez s’xes n pṛspeṛti betr ɖn lux̣́ri, abundns n travl, travl, travl.

Griéta scrolz ʈru mî Insṭgram fīd. Ś’z angri. “Nem a sngl s’lebṛti hu’z standñ p fr ɖ clîṃt! Nem a sngl s’lebṛti hu z priperd t sacṛfîs ɖ lux̣́ri v flayñ arnd ɖ wrld!”

I wz a part v ɖ probḷm mslf. Onli rīsntli I hd bn postñ sún-drenćt slfiz fṛm Jpan. Wn “Gd mornñ fṛm Tocio” n tnz v ʈǎzndz v “lîcs” rold in t mî brand-ny iFon. Smʈñ startd t ec insd v m. Smʈñ I’d prīvịsli cōld travl-añzayti or fir v flayñ bt ẃć wz nǎ tecñ on anɖr, clirr form. On 6 Marć 2016 I flù hom fṛm a conṣt in Viena, n nt loñ aftr ɖt I dsîdd t ste on ɖ grǎnd fr gd.

A fy munʈs lêtr w wōct hom fṛm ɖ erport śutl hvñ met Svanta n Beata of a flît fṛm Rǒm. “Y jst rlist 2.7 tunz v CO2,” Griéta sz t Svanta. “N ɖt corispondz t ɖ ańl imiśnz v fîv ppl in Seṇgōl.” “I hír ẃt y’r seyñ,” Svanta sz, nodñ. “I’l trî t ste on ɖ grǎnd fṛm nǎ on, tù.”

Fridays For Future climate change protest, Stockholm, November 2018. Photograph: IBL/Shutterstock
Frîdez Fr Fyćr clîṃtćenj protest, Stochom, Nvmbr 2018. Foṭgraf: IBL/Śuṭstóc

Griéta startd planñ hr scūlstrîc ovr ɖ sumr v 2018. Svanta hz promist t tec hr t a bildñ s’playr’z t bai a scrap̓ìs v wŭd ɖt ś cn pent ẃît n mc a sîn ǎt v. “Scūlstrîc fr ɖ Clîṃt”, it wl se. N olɖo mor ɖn enʈñ w wont hr t drop ɖ hol îdīa v gwñ on strîc fṛm scūl – w s’port hr. Bcz w si ɖt ś fīlz gd az ś drwz p hr planz – betr ɖn ś hz flt in mni yirz. Betr ɖn evr bfr, in fact. On ɖ mornñ v 20 Ōġst 2018, Griéta gts p an aur rlịr ɖn on a reğlr scūlde. Ś hz hr brecfst. Filz a bacpac wɖ scūl-bcs, a lunćbox, ytnslz, a wōtrbotl, a cŭśn n an xtra swetr. Ś hz printd ǎt 100 flayrz wɖ facts n sorsrefṛnsz abt ɖ clîṃt n ssteṇbiḷti crîsis.

Ś wōcs hr ẃît bîsicl ǎt v ɖ garij n rolz of t parḷmnt. Svanta sîclz a fy mītrz bhnd hr, wɖ hr hom-md sîn undr hiz rît arm Ɖ weɖr z rɖr luvli. Ɖ sún z rîzñ bhnd ɖ old tǎn n ɖr z litl ćans v ren. Ɖ sîcl paɖz n pevmnts r fild wɖ ppl on ɖer we t wrc n scūl.

Ǎtsd ɖ prîm ministr’z ofis, Griéta stops n gts of hr bîsicl. Svanta hlps hr tec a picćr bfr ɖe loc ɖ bîsiclz. Ɖen ś nodz an olmst inviẓbl gdbî t Dad n, wɖ ɖ sîn in hr armz, stagrz arnd ɖ cornr twdz ɖ guvnmntbloc ẃr ś stops n līnz ɖ sîn agnst ɖ grêiś-red granit wōl. Sets ǎt hr flayrz. Setlz dǎn.

Ś ascs a pasrbî t tec anɖr picćr wɖ hr fon n posts bʈ picćrz on sośl mīdia. Aftr a fy minits ɖ frst śẹrñ on Twitr starts. Ɖ p’liticl sayntist Stafan Lindberi rītwīts hr post. Ɖen cm anɖr tū rītwīts. N a fy mor. Ɖ mītịroḷjist Per Holmgren. Ɖ sñr-soñraitr Stefan Sŭndstrom. Aftr ɖt, it axeḷrets. Ś hz fywr ɖn 20 folowrz on Insṭgram n nt mni mor on Twitr. Bt ɖt’s olrdi ćenjñ.

Nǎ ɖr z no we bac.

A dokmntri filmcru śoz p. Svanta cōlz n tlz hr ɖt ɖ nyzpepr Dagens ETS hz bn in tuć wɖ him n r on ɖer we. Rît aftr ɖt [anɖr dêli nyzpepr] Aftonbladet śoz p n Griéta z s’prîzd ɖt evrʈñ z muvñ so fast. Hapi n s’prîzd. Ś wz’nt xpctñ ɖs.

Îvn n Fani fṛm Grīnpīs śo p n asc Griéta f evrʈñ z oce. “Cn w hlp wɖ enʈñ?” ɖe asc. “D y hv a p’līsprmit?” Îvn ascs. Ś dz’nt. Ś dd’nt ʈnc a prmit wd b nīdd. Bt evidntli it z. “I cn hlp y,” Îvn sz.

Grīnpīs z far fṛm alon in of̣rñ its s’port. Evrwn wonts t d ɖer utmost t hlp ǎt. Bt Griéta dz’nt nīd eni hlp. Ś maṇjz ol bî hrslf. Ś z inṭvyd bî wn nyzpepr aftr ɖ nxt. Ɖ simpl fact ɖt ś z tōcñ t strenjrz wɖt fīlñ unwel z an unixpctd jô fr s peṛnts. Evrʈñ els z a boṇs.

Ɖ frst hetrz start t atac, n Griéta z opnli moct on sośl mīdia. Ś z moct bî anoniṃs trol-acǎnts, bî rît-wñ xtrimists. N ś z moct bî membrz v parḷmnt. Bt ɖt’s no s’prîz.

Greta’s Christmas 2018 Instagram post: ‘Happy holidays from me and my family!’ Photograph: Courtesy Greta Thunberg via instagram
Griéta’z Crisṃs 2018 Insṭgram post: ‘Hapi hoḷdez fṛm m n mî faṃli!’ Foṭgraf: Crṭsi Griéta Tŭnberi via Insṭgram

Svanta stops bî t mc śr ɖt evrʈñ z oce. H dz ɖs a cupl v tîmz evri de. Griéta standz bî ɖ wōl n ɖr r a duzn ppl arnd hr. Ś lcs strest. Ɖ jrṇlist fṛm [nyzpepr] Dagens Nyheter ascs ẃɖr it’s oce f ɖe film an inṭvy, n Svanta siz ǎt v ɖ cornr v hiz î ɖt smʈñ z roñ. “Wêt, let m ćec,” h sz, n tecs Griéta bhnd a pilr undr ɖ arć. Hr hol bodi z tns. Ś z briɖñ heṿli, n Svanta sz ɖt ɖr’z nʈñ t wuri abt. “Let’s g hom nǎ,” h sz. “Oce?” Griéta śecs hr hed. Ś’z crayñ.“Y d’nt nīd t d eni v ɖs. Let’s fget abt ɖs n gt ǎt v hir.” Bt Griéta dz’nt wont t g hom. Ś standz prf̣cli stl fr a fy secndz. Briɖz. Ɖen ś wōcs arnd in a litl srcl n smhǎ pśz awe ol ɖt panic n fir ɖt ś hz bn cariyñ insd hr fr az loñ az ś cn rmembr. Aftr ɖt ś stops, n stérz stret ahd. Hr briɖñ z stl ajtetd n tirz r runñ dǎn hr ćīcs. “No,” ś sz. “I’m dwñ ɖs.”

W monitr hǎ Griéta z fīlñ az closli az w cn. Bt w c’nt si eni sînz ɖt ś’z fīlñ enʈñ bt gd. Ś sets ɖ alarmcloc fr 6.15am n ś’z hapi ẃn ś gts ǎt v bed. Ś’z hapi az ś sîclz of t parḷmnt, n ś’z hapi ẃn ś cmz hom in ɖ afṭnun. Jrñ ɖ afṭnunz ś caćz p on scūlwrc n ćecs sośl mīdia. Ś gz t bed on tîm, fōlz aslip rît awe n slīps pīsf̣li ɖ hol nît loñ. Ītñ, on ɖ uɖr hand, z nt gwñ wel.

“Ɖr r tù mni ppl n I d’nt hv tîm. Evrwn wonts t tōc ol ɖ tîm.”

“Y hv t īt,” Svanta sz. Griéta dz’nt se enʈñ. Fūd z a snṣtiv topic. Ɖ most dificlt wn. Bt on ɖ ʈrd de smʈñ els hapnz. Îvn fṛm Grīnpīs stops bî agn. H’z holdñ a ẃît plastic bag. “R y hungri, Griéta? It’s nūdlz. Tai,” h sz. “Vīgn. Wd y lîc sm?”

H holdz ǎt ɖ bag n Griéta līnz fwd n rīćz fr ɖ fūdcntenr. Ś opnz ɖ lid n smelz it a fy tîmz. Ɖen ś tecs a litl bît. N anɖr. Nwn riacts t ẃt’s haṗnñ. Ẃ wd ɖe? Ẃ wd it b rmarcbl fr a ćîld t b sitñ wɖ a bunć v ppl ītñ vīgn pad Tai? Griéta cīps ītñ. Nt jst a fy bîts bt olmst ɖ hol srvñ.

Griéta Tŭnberi: ɖ spīćz ɖt hlpt sparc a clîṃtmuvmnt – vidio

Griéta’z eṇji z xplodñ. Ɖr dz’nt sīm t b eni ǎtr limit, n īvn f w trî t hold hr bac ś jst cīps gwñ. Bî hrslf.Beata sits wɖ Griéta wn de in frunt v parḷmnt. Bt ɖs z Griéta’z ʈñ. Nt hrz. Ɖ sudn fus ovr hr big sistr z nt īzi t handl. Beata siz ɖt Griéta sudnli hz 10,000 folowrz on Insṭgram, n w ol ʈnc ɖt’s crezi. Bt Beata handlz it wel. Īvn ẃn hr ǒn fīd z fild wɖ coments abt Griéta, n cn y tel hr ɖs n ɖt. Ol evrwn sudnli cerz abt z Griéta, Griéta n Griéta. “It’s nuts,” Beata sz wn afṭnun aftr scūl. “It’s xacli lîc Bionse n Je-Zī,” ś stets, wɖ an asrbic emf̣sis. “Griéta z Bionse. N I’m Je-Zī.”

W gt deʈ̓rets on sośl mīdia, xcrimnt ʈru ɖ letrbox, n sośl srṿsz rport ɖt ɖe hv rsivd a gret numbr v cmplents agnst s az Griéta’z peṛnts. Bt at ɖ sem tîm ɖe stet in ɖ letr ɖt ɖe “d NT intnd t tec eni ax́n”. W ʈnc v ɖ capitļetrz az a litl luvnot fṛm an anoniṃs ofiśl. N it wormz s.

Mor n mor ppl r cīpñ Griéta cumṗni in frunt v parḷmnt. Ćildṛn, adults, tīćrz, rtîrīz. Wn de an intîr clas v eḷmntri-scūl pyplz stops n wonts t tōc, n Griéta hz t wōc awe fr a bit. Fīlz mîld panic. Ś steps asd n starts crayñ. Ś c’nt hlp it. Bt aftr a ẃl ś cāmz hrslf dǎn n gz bac n grīts ɖ ćildṛn. Aftwdz ś xplenz ɖt ś hz a hard tîm asośietñ wɖ ćildṛn smtmz bcz ś hz hd sć bad xpirịnsz. “I’v nvr met a grūp v ćildṛn ɖt hz’nt bn mīn t m. N ẃrvr I’v bn I’v bn bŭlid bcz I’m difṛnt.”

Sevṛl tîmz a de ppl cm p n se ɖt ɖe hv stopt flayñ, parct ɖ car or bcm vīgnz ʈancs t hr. T b ebl t inflụns so mni ppl in sć a śort tîm z bwilḍrñ in a gd we. Ɖ fnoṃnn cīps growñ. Fastr n fastr bî ɖ aur. In ɖ run-up t ɖ end v ɖ strîc, Griéta z biyñ foloud bî TV cruz fṛm ɖ BBC, Jrmn ARD n Deniś TV2.

Oltgɖr 1,000 ćildṛn n adults sit wɖ Griéta on ɖ last de v ɖ scūlstrîc. N mīdia fṛm sevṛl difṛnt cuntriz rport liv fṛm Mynttorget Sqer. Ś hz s’xidd. Sm se ɖt ś alon hz dn mor fr ɖ clîṃt ɖn poḷtiśnz n ɖ masmīdia hv in yirz. Bt Griéta dz’nt agri. “Nʈñ hz ćenjd,” ś sz. “Ɖ imiśnz cntiny t incris n ɖr z no ćenj in sît.”

At ʈri o’cloc Svanta cmz n pics hr p n ɖe wōc tgɖr ovr t ɖ bîsiclz ǎtsd Rosenbad.

“R y saṭsfaid?” Svanta ascs.

“No,” ś sz, wɖ hr gêz fixt on ɖ brij bac twdz ɖ old tǎn. “I’m gwñ t cntiny.”

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg leads a Fridays For Future rally in Turin, December 2019. Photograph: Alessandro Di Marco/EPA
Swīdiś acṭvist Griéta Tŭnberi līdz a Frîdez Fr Fyćr rali in Tyrin, Dsmbr 2019. Foṭgraf: Alesandro Di Marco/EPA

Ɖ nxt de z Saṭde 8 Sptmbr. It’s ɖ de bfr ɖ Swīdiś parḷmntri ilex́nz n Griéta z gwñ t spīc at ɖ Ppl’z Clîṃtmarć in Stochom. Ś hz onli gvn wn spīć bfr at a smōl ivnt. Prîr t ɖt ś’d nvr spocn in frunt v mor ppl ɖn fit in a clasrūm, n on ɖoz fy oceźnz ś hd nt xacli sīmd at īz. Ɖr r a lot v ppl in ɖ parc fr ɖ marć n ɖ rali. Olmst 2,000 hv crǎdd tgɖr at ɖ stej n mor r on ɖer we. Smhǎ ɖr’z a difṛnt fīlñ abt ɖs protest. It dz’nt fīl ɖ sem az yźl. It fīlz az f smʈñ mt hapn. Sn. It’s no longr jst ɖ fmiłr fesz. Ɖ reğlrz. Ɖ acṭvists. Ɖ Grīnpīs voḷntirz in polrber sūts. Hir, sudnli, r ol cnsivbl cndz v ppl n caṛctrz. Ppl hu mt hv ol sorts v jobz. “Ɖs z mî frst demnstreśn,” stets a wel-drest man in hiz 40z. “Mîn tù,” a wmn nxt t him sz, wɖ a laf.

Ɖ host intṛdysz Griéta n ś wōcs slǒli bt steḍli intu ɖ midl v ɖ stej. Ɖ ōdịns ćirz. Svanta, on ɖ uɖr hand, z scerd ǎt v hiz wits. Ẃt wl hapn nǎ? Wl ś start crayñ? Z ś gwñ t run awe? H fīlz lîc an ōfl peṛnt fr nt ptñ hiz ft dǎn n seyñ “No” fṛm ɖ start. Ol ɖs z startñ t fīl tù big n unriyl.

Bt Griéta z az cām az cn b. Ś tecs ɖ spīć ǎt v hr pocit n lcs ǎt ovr ɖ sì v ppl. Ɖen ś grasps ɖ mîcṛfon n starts spīcñ. “Hai, mî nem z Griéta,” ś sz in Swīdiś. “I am gwñ t spīc in Ñgliś nǎ. N I wont y t tec ǎt yr fonz n film ẃt I’m seyñ. Ɖen y cn post it on yr sośl mīdia.”

“Mî nem z Griéta Tŭnberi n I am 15 yirz old. N I hv scūlstrîct fr ɖ clîṃt fr ɖ last ʈri wīcs. Yesṭde wz ɖ last de. Bt…” Ś pōzz. “W wl g on wɖ ɖ scūlstrîc. Evri Frîde, az fṛm nǎ, w wl sit ǎtsd ɖ Swīdiś parḷmnt untl Swīdn z in lîn wɖ ɖ Paris agrīmnt.” Ɖ crǎd ćirz.

Griéta cntinyz. “I rj ol v y t d ɖ sem. Sit ǎtsd yr parḷmnt or locl guvnmnt, ẃrvr y r, untl yr cuntri z on a sef paʈwe t a b’lo-tū-dgri wormñtargit. Tîm z mć śortr ɖn w ʈnc. Fełr mīnz dzastr.”

Hr vôs z stedi n ɖr r no sînz v nrṿsnis. Ś apirz t b at īz p ɖr. Ś īvn smîlz smtmz.

“Ɖ ćenjz rqîrd r inorṃs n w mst ol cntribyt in evri part v ǎr evride lîf. Ispeṣ́li s in ɖ rić cuntriz, ẃr no neśn z dwñ nirli inuf.”

Ɖ ōdịns standz p. Śǎtñ, aplōdñ. Ɖ oveśn dz’nt stop. N Griéta z smîlñ ɖ most bytifl smîl I hv evr sìn hr smîl. I’m woćñ evrʈñ fṛm a lîv strīm on mî fon in ɖ hōlwe ǎtsd ɖ dresñrūmz at ɖ Oscarsteatern. Ɖ tirz cīp cmñ.

Ɖs z an eḍtd xtract fṛm Ǎr Hǎs Z on Fîr: Sīnz v a Faṃli n a Planit in Crîsis bî Małena n Beata Ernman, Griéta n Svanta Tŭnberi, publiśt bî Penḡn on 5 Marć (£16.99). T ordr a copi g t guardianbookshop.com. Fri YC p&p ovr £15

Greta Thunberg with her dogs at home in Stockholm. Photograph: Malin Hoelstad/SvD/TT/TT News Agency/PA Images
Griéta Tŭnberi wɖ hr dogz at hom in Stochom. Foṭgraf: Malin Hrlstat/SvD/TT/TT Nyz Ejnsi/PA Iṃjz

 

GENOCIDE OF ISOLATED INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN BRAZIL

Below is my translation of an article from the Brazilian Instituto Socioambiental about the genocidal policy of President Jair Bolsonaro. It’s important the world should know.

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5 February 2020

“The appointment of a missionary to co-ordinate the territory of the isolated indigenous peoples overseen by the National Foundation for Indigenous Peoples (‘Funai’ in the Portuguese acronym) is a significant step in Bolsonaro’s genocidal policy,” according to the Instituto Socioambiental.

The appointment this Wednesday, 5 February, of Ricardo Lopes Dias, a pastor who has previously been associated with the North American sect Ethnos360 (previously known as The New Tribes Mission), to exercise the Funai Coordination of Isolated Indians and of Indians of Recent Contact (“CGIIRC” in the Portuguese acronym) puts indigenous peoples who prefer to remain isolated in danger of being the victims of genocide. There are 115 records of such groups in Brazil, 28 of which have been confirmed. The appointment of a missionary to run the CGIIRC indicates the return to a policy of forced contact which, when it was government policy in the 1970s, led to the death of thousands of Indians through diseases brought, and violence perpetrated, by the government agents themselves. All of this could happen again with the return of religious proselytising.

View of an isolated Moxihatëtëma village in the Yanomami territory
View of an isolated Moxihatëtëma village in the Yanomami territory

The indigenous peoples who prefer to live in isolation are survivors of massacres that happened throughout the 20th century, the largest of them during the 1970s when Brazil was a military dictatorship and implemented a policy of “coaxing out” indigenous peoples, supposedly to make contact with and “pacify” their communities, but in reality to occupy their lands. In addition to outright violence – there were innumerable reports of massacres, including aerial bombardment of villages –, those communities fell victim to epidemics brought by non-indigenous people as part of official expeditions to enforce contact. Some indigenous populations lost 90% of their people as a result of diseases against which they had no antibodies.

This was the case, for instance, of the Nambikwara people, whose territory covered parts of the states of Mato Grosso and Rondônia. Nine thousand of them died as the result of epidemics of measles, flu, whooping cough and gonorrhoea. Similarly, in the case of the Panará people, in the north of Mato Grosso: between 1973 and 1976, 75% of the population died as a result of flu and malaria. Of 400 people, only 79 remained. Such cases are endless. In 1982, missionaries of the New Tribes of Brazil Mission, the sect to which the new Funai coordinator belongs, implemented a policy of forced contact with the remaining members of the Zo’é people, in the north of Pará. This contact resulted in an epidemic and many deaths. In the end, the missionaries were driven out of the territory.

Putting an end to the genocide of whole communities was the principal reason for the implementation of Funai’s no-contact policy in 1987. That policy, which had the backing of regional experts, anthropologists and other formulators of public policy, led to the establishment of the CGIIRC. The main motive was to guarantee protection of the territories where those peoples live by keeping out interlopers and harmful business enterprises. Up until now that has been CGIIRC responsibility, as set out in Funai Directive 281/2000.

With the appointment of this missionary to run the CGIIRC, there is again a threat of forced contact and, with it, the imminence of yet more tragedies.

The Brazilian government is obliged, under the Constitution, to guarantee the physical and cultural survival of these peoples in the lands they occupy. That means protected territories where they can organise themselves in accordance with their customs, languages, beliefs and traditions.

Forced acculturation of indigenous peoples is an affront to the Constitution, but is a regular practice of evangelical fundamentalism, including of the sect to which the new coordinator belongs, catechesis being its principle mission. Article 129(v) of the Constitution makes clear that judicial defence of the rights and interests of the indigenous peoples is an institutional responsibility of the Office of Public Prosecutions. It is high time that the Public Prosecutor, Augusto Aras, did something. Up until now, not a word has been heard from him about this deplorable situation. This omission has brought into disrepute the reputation of an institution that is meant to defend society – and minorities in particular – against any arbitrary measures by the government.

Non-contact should be seen as a manifestation of the desire of these peoples for self-determination, a right that is guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The choice of isolation is protected by Convention 169 of the International Labour Organisation, to which Brazil is a signatory, and which guarantees minimum rights to indigenous peoples in respect of preserving their cultures and identities in the context of the societies of which they form part.

The anti-indigenous policy of Jair Bolsonaro infringes the Constitution and disgusts the whole world. Scrapping the no-contact policy means ending a strategy that has helped to save lives during the last 30 years. Brazil has already seen the result of forced contact – contact with death. We sincerely hope the tragedy is not about to be repeated.

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