At the beginning of March, institutions for disabled children in Belgium were forced to close themselves off from the outside world. Parents then had the choice to continue caring for their child at home under limited home supervision or to bring their child to the institution without being able to see them for a long period. After two months, families with a disabled child begin to lose their patience and energy. They have no perspective, because they do not know when this corona crisis will end.
The Belgian tabloid newspaper Het Nieuwsblad published on 22 April 2020 an article with the title ‘Our motivation to comply with corona measures is visibly: how can we keep it up?’. In the article, the journalist Tom Le Bacq gives rates about how many people are supporting the measures of the lockdown.
In this episode, interlinked reporter Alice Schoutsen wonders how her dorm mates are doing. Figures from national public health institute Sciensano show that depressive thoughts have tripled among young people. She focuses on her British dorm mate Jessie Stroud (22), who, just like her, is studying in Aarhus, Denmark, for a semester.
I’m one of the students staying in Denmark, but I’m still not sure if I made the right decision. Should I go home or stay here? It’s a thought that keeps haunting my mind.