It was a shock to see police encompass our tower blocks. However I am glad Victoria helps us eventually | Awatif Taha | Opinion


It is stunning to instantly discover police throughout your property, and the federal government saying to you: “Go to your room and don’t come out.” We’re shocked however I’m additionally glad, as a result of we have been scared the federal government had forgotten us, and now we have been very frightened, and now one thing is being executed about it.

My title is Awatif Taha and I’m from the Sudan. I’ve lived within the public housing flats in Flemington for 18 years, since I got here to Australia with my husband. He’s a journalist and, after working some years in Egypt, he wasn’t in a position to return to Sudan due to the federal government’s angle.

He determined to come back to Australia as a refugee and I got here with him. I’ve labored as a instructor’s support in main faculties in Kealba and Flemington and now I work as a volunteer within the Multi-Cultural Sudanese Centre at Holland Court docket – a part of the Flemington public housing property – serving to new arrivals and serving to youngsters with homework. We additionally run actions for the ladies on the property, akin to cooking courses, and actions for the youngsters.

Ever because the virus has been in Australia, now we have been conscious of it. My neighbours and I’ve been frightened as a result of we reside in such crowded circumstances. Now we have simply two lifts for 180 flats in my constructing.

Now we have 9 flats on every stage, and 20 ranges. We share the laundry between 9 flats. So it has been a scary scenario – whenever you open your door, or whenever you contact one thing within the lifts. Now we have been actually cautious however we live so shut collectively, and sharing a lot, so we all know it’s dangerous.

The federal government has not executed sufficient, given this example. For instance, there was hand sanitiser positioned on the bottom stage of the constructing. They put it there in the future and 7 days later there was nothing – it was all gone. It ought to have been supplied on each stage.

They haven’t supplied sufficient data in numerous languages. I noticed some data downstairs in Chinese language and Arabic however there ought to have been data on each stage and within the lifts, to inform individuals to not contact issues within the lifts, to clean their fingers and so forth. Now we have been asking for the federal government to offer masks, and to show individuals how one can use the masks.

So instantly we’re locked down however they need to have been conscious when the virus was coming that it is a crowded space and wanted extra consideration.

So now we have been scared, and now we have thought that the federal government had forgotten us. Now we have had no method of being heard.

Now we have seen what occurred in America, the place individuals have been dying in such numbers. I used to be considering, “We have to do one thing shortly or we may have an issue.” However how will we get consideration?

Why didn’t they use the group leaders to speak to individuals? Our group leaders can ship it by means of the teams shortly, they work very exhausting.

Over the past week we have been listening to individuals have been getting sick. We heard there have been instances within the main college, the place most of our kids go, and the place many dad and mom go as properly. Folks would say there’s a case at present, and one other the subsequent day. We have been conscious one thing was taking place, and it was scary.

So how do I really feel about what occurred on Saturday, with us being instructed we would not be allowed to leave our units for at least five days? I really feel actually good, however it was a shock. I don’t know why they didn’t speak to us earlier than Saturday.

Abruptly we’re locked down and there are police in every single place. For me, I’m glad, as a result of we have to know who’s sick, and I really feel good as a result of the federal government is now interested by us and can assist us.

I feel the federal government is doing the perfect they will, and dealing actually exhausting. They’re spending some huge cash. However they will’t do something by themselves, they want the group to work with them. And they need to work with our group leaders.

Once we see the police like that, we expect there’s a large drawback. However we aren’t frightened by the police. I work with the police loads, as a group employee. The police have been good tonight – very well mannered and really respectful. However it’s nonetheless a shock to see so lots of them.

We’re frightened now about how we’ll get meals and medicine. Some individuals have been planning to buy tomorrow and haven’t any meals. We have to know the way this shall be dealt with. Folks want remedy, bread, milk, issues for infants. We don’t know but how that shall be executed.

I’m glad for the federal government to care for us. I simply need to thank Australia. Australia has given us lots of alternative, and now I hope the federal government will take care of us and never neglect us. I hope that in two or three weeks we received’t have any instances in Victoria.

We right here in Flemington shall be doing our share of attending to a greater scenario. We want all Australians good well being.