I am a wife and mother of two beautiful children. I live in a small town called Norton in Zimbabwe. The first time I heard about COVID-19, I said to myself what kind of flu is this that kills? It was all puzzling. My husband and I started talking more about it as the number of infected people and deaths started to rise and this was shocking. I had been planning for months to travel to Botswana for a potential business opportunity and despite concern about my safety by family I left and on that very day my country had confirmed its first five cases.

I managed to get a few things done and before all could be concluded, on the 2nd of April 2020 the lock down came into effect in Botswana, leaving all I had come for incomplete with no progress to date. Currently, I am still in Botswana away from those that I love the most during what I call trying times for the human race and a threat to our existence, whoever imagined that someday close contact, social activities, work, and all the things that perhaps make the world go round, would be harmful to even attempt to do. Others have lost their dear ones because of it, some are battling for their lives against it, others separated from family and friends by it and those that have recovered from it may have vivid memories of their encounter with it and its effects, and yet everyday day the fear of it keeps growing all over the world.

As a believer it has taken away fellowship with others, but I have not lost all Faith, Hope, and Love, I know God will come through for us, this time will pass and we will look back and say these were dark moments of our lives. Each day I am here under lock down,  mindful of all that is happening because of this COVID-19, uncertainty, worry, welfare, finances, and the economic instabilities affecting nations, where do we stand? Are questions I have asked myself. All business is at a standstill for me, I just want to wake up one day soon and all this is a thing of the past.

Great acknowledgment and appreciation I have for technology, it has kept me in touch with my family and friends during this anti-physical/social distance time.