The news of the coup has since led Monica to form connections with a community she’d never previously known. She describes stumbling across a protest in Sydney’s CBD and seeking out the organiser of the event.
“I went up to him and we spoke in Burmese, a language I haven’t spoken in so long,” she says.
“As he was leaving, he said ‘I feel so sorry for her’, I think because I didn’t know any Burmese people in Sydney and my family is six hours away [in Coffs Harbour]. I broke down.”
The group invited Monica into their community in Western Sydney. She also attended a protest at Parliament House in Canberra, where she met more Burmese Australians.
As she continues to watch the developments in Myanmar, Monica says it has been…