When I heard about COVID-19, and the Australian government's plan to quarantine its own citizens on Christmas Island, my first thought was something I’d be saying to people for four years: if you don’t speak up against mandatory detention, one day you might find yourself locked up there too.
But then events escalated. One minute the message was “we should all go out to Chinatown for dinner”. The next, “there's nothing to be afraid of”. And now, "DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOME".
I cannot leave home. I am in Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney, where the only measure has been a ban on visitors. This not only means I can no longer see my loved ones, but also my psychologist.