PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO CHANGE, YOU HAVE TO CHANGE

At a young age, Evelyn Rivera was exposed to the horrors of the El Salvador civil war. She reflects on what it was like growing up in an environment where she could climb trees and see people being killed across the road, and what it was like adapting to her new home in Australia. 

'People don't have to change, you have to change, or else you can't be in this country. I know people who want to give up, but I don't want to give up this opportunity that this life is offering me.'

This story was collected by the Centre for Stories for the Empathy Museum's 'A Mile in my Shoes' installation as part of Perth International Arts Festival