Actor Idris Elba and his wife, UN ambassadors of goodwill, together with the organization, have launched a $ 40 million fund to support rural communities affected by the health crisis caused by COVID-19.
Idris Elba and model Sabrina Dhowre Elba tested positive with COVID-19. They had mild symptoms of the disease and recovered. About this experience, the actor told the Associated Press that it was a “really scary and disturbing” and that their lives were “over their heads.”
The British actor believes that there are life lessons to be learned and that this pandemic serves as a reminder that “the world is not going at your own pace.”
“I think the world should have a quarantine week every year to remember this period. To remember each other. I believe, ”he said.
Together with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the United Nations, the Elba spouses have set up a $ 40 million fund to help farmers and food producers in rural areas.
“People forget that 80% of the poor population lives in these rural areas. What worries us now, the reason why we are launching this fund, is that those people are forgotten, “said Dhowre Elba.
The actor thinks that people in these areas will be most affected by the pandemic.
Both Elba and his wife have African origins. The actor’s parents are from Sierra Leone and Ghana, and his wife from Somalia.
In December, the couple went to Sierra Leone with the UN to check how IFAD contributed to the lives of the people there.
Idris Elba also said he is particularly concerned about what may cause the COVID-19 pandemic in countries on the continent that are already suffering from an economic standpoint.