‘What is my status?’ by Emilija

When everything happened, I was living in Ohio. The deafening boom that alerted us of the impending calamity, the frantic rushing on the flooring, the shouting and screaming… I remember it vividly; I was determined to live. That was what I was thinking. Survival. However, I needed to act quickly. As time ticked away and the alarms drifted in and out, I leaped and ran, ran, ran, ran. My legs carried me to another place, other than here, suddenly everything went dark.

As it turned out, I awoke on a ship. The constant swishing and spinning reminded me that I was seasick. I stood up slowly, mindful of my surroundings. I was running from gunshots and bombs just a minute ago… What was I doing now? My mind had gone blank. There were several individuals around me, some gathered close that I imagined were family, while the majority were still sleeping like I was. Then, out of nowhere, a friendly-looking soldier approached. He informed me that I was on a ship transporting migrants to safety. A different soldier found me unconscious on the grass and valiantly hauled me onto the boat. Of course, I was grateful; after all, what if they never discovered me? What if I was left to just rot away in my small town? The soldier walked away, after reminding me where the food and drinks were. I sat there, relieved.

My life has radically changed since then. Instead of carrying packages, staying up late, and eating the same takeaways that I could somehow afford. I resided in a refugee house that provided luxury: wonderful, healthy meals prepared every day, drinks, shelter, and comfort. It’s safe here, and while I’m still not used to sharing a room with over 100 people, I’m not alone.

While writing this, I recognise how fortunate I am. Many people do not receive this type of care. So, to assist, I have contributed by finding refugees a spare room in my home and giving out money to help them fulfil their simple wishes. It is, without a doubt, pleasing; it is how I currently spend my time. I am still grateful for the assistance I received. And I am grateful to be able to do the same for others who are comparable to me.