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In the Colombian capital, the red cloth has become a symbol of popular revolt for the hungry. The lockdown was untenable for hundreds of thousands of poor families who rely on steady work to feed themselves.
Hanging from windows or waved in the middle of the street, the red cloth was first meant as a call for help. Claudia Lopez, the city's first female mayor, launched an appeal for donations. Strong solidarity among neighbors was enough to go by for a while.
But as the lockdown went on, it exhausted everyone’s resources: among the locals, those who had savings to spare but a few weeks earlier were no longer able to help the neediest. Uncertainty about the progression and containment of the virus has raised fears that the coming humanitarian crisis will be even more devastating than the evil it is facing right now.