Roula had always wanted to live in the country. She worked hard, saved her money and spent eight years building her dream home in Kinglake, Victoria.
She then lost everything in a devastating bushfires 10 years ago.
“The dream that I had worked so hard for was gone. I couldn’t stop crying. It took months for me to stop, every time I heard anything about disasters or fires the tears just came rolling,” Roula explains.
The 2009 Victorian bushfires were among Australia’s all-time worst natural disasters. The fires took a terrible toll, with 180 people losing their lives, including many of Roula’s friends and neighbours.
Roula found the recovery process long and arduous. It took five years for her to feel like she had truly healed.
Red Cross was with her every step of the way.