When Anny Liliana moved in February from Boa Vista, Brazil to Xanxerê, a small city in the southern state of Santa Catarina, she couldn’t imagine that a few months later she would become the face of two COVID-19 awareness campaigns.
Anny was invited to lead two awareness campaigns in Spanish created to reach other refugees and migrants living in Santa Catarina, one circulating in Xanxerê, and the other in Chapecó, a town 45 kilometers away.
Everything began when one of her neighbors asked Anny to read a message in Spanish about the new coronavirus. When she showed good fluency and assertiveness to deliver the message, Anny’s neighbor invited her to participate in the campaign. She had never been part of a video campaign. Still, she thought it was essential to accept the invitation because she knows how difficult it is for Venezuelan refugees to communicate in Portuguese.