Nipuni* came to Australia seeking asylum from Sri Lanka with her then partner and two young children. They came seeking asylum because they were not safe in their own country.
They came to a safer country, ‘the lucky country’. And we are lucky.
At times, the threat of lockdowns here (heavily felt in Victoria) has been very scary and real.
When many of us think about lockdown, we feel exhausted: worried about the isolation from loved ones, the mental struggle and the juggle of work and home life colliding (and for many, remote learning).
We worry that our kids are not keeping up with schoolwork and are missing their activities and friends.
The isolation experience, for many, creates a very real and very visceral fear of the unknown.