Billet – Facing poverty, plague and population
by Falestin Naili, Valentina Napolitano, Pauline Piraud-Fournet
As half of humanity is currently experiencing confinement, curfews and border closings in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are reminded of an ancient practice that has shaped human history. At least since the end of Antiquity, welfare and charity often operated in similar circumstances, be it as a consequence of epidemics, war or population displacement . A recent scientific symposium provided a long-term perspective on mutual aid, solidarity and charities in the Near East.