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Monica fled Myanmar for Australia as a child. The crisis there has brought it all back

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…



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