Along with some other University of Leeds MA Translation students and alumni, I have been doing some volunteer translating for the organisation International Rescue Committee (IRC). IRC works to support displaced people and refugees. COVID-19 is particularly risky to these communities, as they have very little support and access to information, and are likely to live in overcrowded areas where access to hygiene facilities may be limited.
IRC urgently needed information regarding the handling of the crisis translated into several languages, including French. In the space of two weeks, we have translated more than 12 documents and 12,600 words. This means that IRC’s safety and risk management messaging regarding the current pandemic can reach more vulnerable individuals worldwide.
Anam Zafar is an Aziz Scholar, currently completing her MA in Applied Translation at the University of Leeds.