“In solidarity with the people of his birthplace,” Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros announced he will be donating one million Euros to Budapest to help the capital’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his statement, he argues that “the COVID-19 pandemic knows no boundaries, not between countries, communities, religions, or people. Anyone can become infected, but some of us are more vulnerable than others. I think of the elderly, who sometimes live in very close quarters in homes for the aged; and of the homeless, whose ranks are growing as so many become suddenly unemployed and lose even the fragile safety of workers’ hostels. Cities run many such institutions, where the most vulnerable try to find refuge (…) They have the responsibility, but often lack adequate funds to help those most in need.”
Soros also explains, that “I was born in Budapest, in the middle of the Great Depression, barely a decade after the Spanish Flu left thousands of dead in Budapest. I lived through World War II, the Arrow Cross rule, and the siege in the city. I remember what it is like to live in extreme circumstances…”
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