Responding with compassion

Panicked, anxious and without proper information, the residents of nine public housing estates in Flemington, North Melbourne and Kensington were put into a ‘hard lockdown’. The government scrambled to contain the inclining and alarming positive cases of COVID-19. Residents paid a harsh price under these restrictions. They had no time to prepare. Their dignity as human beings was not prioritised. Key community organisations in the area were not consulted.

Despite this, the Australian Muslims Social Services Agency (AMSSA) centre located across the North Melbourne public housing estates, swiftly came to the aid of the community, opening the mosque doors to the wider community. Donations flooded the centre. Volunteers from across Melbourne arrived ready to support any way they could.

To read Najma Sambul’s full article in Eureka Street click Here.