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As I am the only one who goes out to work, I take off all my work gear and shoes and leave it outside the house once at home. Then, before I even come close to my family, I take a shower. All of my work clothes are put in a bag and dealt with separately. Sometimes I come home very late but keep my interactions with my family at a bare minimum.
During these unprecedentent times of COVID-19 my professional life has taken over the personal one. It has completely changed in the context of movement restrictions and my fear has taken over. However, I can see the hope not because I want to see it, but mainly because of what is happening around me. Moreover, it gives me strength for my work. Hope is what makes me start my day with a smile, knowing that I am helping people to have a better day during this difficult time.
The first thing I will do after this ends is to give a big hug to my family, my team and all the people that I care about. My fight with COVID-19 is not the only one: I also fight hunger, poverty, inequality, discrimination, global warming, and I want everyone to have a better life. And I myself will keep on fighting.
* Abeda Sultana Liza is Action Against Hunger Supervisor in the Food For Peace Program in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The program is funded by USAID and implemented by a consortium of Action Against Hunger, Helen Keller International, and Shusilan.