Don’t look away: my people are still dying

Aerial view of (Covid-19) victims’ graves at a Muslim cemetery in Kota Damansara, Selangor on May 24, 2021. Credit: @najjuazulkefli

My parents and I live in complete opposite continents and different timezones. It’s always “opposite” day when I call my parents. I would be pouring milk into my breakfast cereal, while they sit down to have dinner. When I am bundled up in layers in the winter, they continue wearing flip flops and fan themselves against the heat wave. They stay up late to pray to our ancestors during the Lunar New Year, while I go…