What COVID-19 is doing to my dream
Essay from Jeremiah Lucas Opira Memorial Contest 2021
Author: Maliko Fiona Aliobidri
7th runner up, Category 2
Considering the background of COVID-19, the first person to be affected was in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and it is caused by corona virus. As a viral infection, antibiotics are not an effective treatment, but scientists have not yet given up discovering its treatment and it has affected 224 countries since 2019.
Openly, I would like to say I may not achieve good academic excellence because of the lockdown due to the covid-19 pandemic. Since I have not been revising due to too much domestic work, I may fail to achieve. Covid-19 has made me not to be able to study to the level I wanted due to shortage of money for the school fees. I have also lost part of my interest in my studies. The ones who were paying my school fees have all lost their jobs due to the lockdown caused by the corona virus.
To add on, my memory of my past studies has been destroyed by the lockdown. Now I cannot remember things that I quickly learnt. What a dull young girl am I now? Death of beloved ones has caused trauma to me and has led to school dropout among young girls like me, all because they were the ones responsible for paying for our education. My age and growth also make me furious because almost two years have been wasted and I am becoming older as the years pass on.
Furthermore, fellowshipping together in church has been a problem because it may lead to an easy spread of the corona virus. And the dream I had during the holidays about selling things in the markets has been shattered because of the lockdown caused by the corona virus. Living together with my relatives during holidays was shattered because of the lockdown due to the corona virus. And freedom of movement was all shut down because of lock down caused by coronavirus.
More still, misunderstanding between parents and their children due to lockdown caused by the corona virus made some of the children drop out of school which led to loss of their dream jobs because their parents gave up on them. Loss of friends caused by the coronavirus due to lockdown. I was not able to visit them in their sick beds during the time we had to see each other.
All in all, COVID-19 is torturing girl children more than anybody else. Every day I see pregnant girls in pitiful situations. I wrote this for God and my Country.