Blessings amid COVID-19

My name is Razia Mohammadi and I am from Bamyan, Afghanistan. I live in China as a student. Today is 21st April 2020 and it’s been almost two months since I’ve been on a very beautiful island country called The Seychelles. This place was chosen by my husband and I as our wedding destination and 20th February 2020 (20/02/2020) was booked originally as the perfect wedding date for us. Given the recent circumstances we’ve had to postpone the date to 12th March 2020. Before our wedding, I had an amazing two weeks in Seychelles with my fiancé (now husband), my mother, and my husband’s parents. They’ve all left on 13th March 2020, except my father-in-law, who was kind enough to accompany me for another week on the island—due to the nonexistence of flights back to China. After one week my father-in-law had to leave as well, and now I am alone here.

Giant Tortoise in the Seychelles Island captured by Razia

Despite all the difficulties caused by Covid-19 I consider myself very lucky as (1) I got to see my mother again after 10 years of being apart; (2) I got married to the man I love and who loves me; (3) I got to know his wonderful parents; and (4) now I am living with an incredible local family—so far they have been super nice and friendly with me. They understand my situation and have offered me a very nice big flat to stay in while I wait for China to open up to foreigners again.

Despite all the difficulties caused by Covid-19 I consider myself very lucky!

Razia Mohammadi 

Here in The Seychelles I start my days with practicing the German language. Every day at 11:00 I attend a two-hour online language class taught by my husband. After the class I usually go for a short walk along the beach. I don’t cook every day, and I do the washing or cleaning once a week. Recently, due to quarantine restrictions enforced by the Seychelles government, I only go out if it is really necessary. The days are passing one after another with minimum excitement, but I find myself blessed and happy. Every night I celebrate the fact that I and everyone who matters to me are healthy and doing well. Let’s all pray to see the end of Covid-19 very soon, whilst we stay home in this period.

Every night I celebrate the fact that I and everyone who matters to me are healthy and doing well.

Razia Mohammadi

Author: Razia Mohammadi grew up in Iran as a refugee. Her passion for education led her obtain BA Degree from India. She recently graduated from China earning MBA.

Editor: Hui Zhen Go

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