At a young age, Evelyn Rivera was exposed to the horrors of the El Salvador civil war. She reflects on what it was like growing up in an environment where she would climb trees and see people being killed across the road, and what it was like adapting to her new home in Australia.
Living in Port Hedland and working as a nurse, she fostered a young Aboriginal girl who temporarily entered into a grief-driven, coma-like state following the death of her father, where she was able to connect with Aboriginal spirits on what Joan describes as a “soul journey”.
After 21 days on a boat, Kaliyugan Pathmanathan finally saw landmass before he was put away in immigration detention for 17 months. He reflects on the isolation he felt in the detention centres, including time on Christmas Island, and what it was like to finally have his freedom back.