Merle describes herself as a 'coloured' woman from Durban. She migrated to Australia in 2011, taking up a position as nurse. In her portrait she describes the conditions she experieced as a nurse working in the 'coloured wards' during the Aparthied, however, when this system was dismantled in 1994 she found herself working in the white wards. The image of torn linen shown here represents the stark inequality she describes between the two wards. Listen to her story below to hear about her life in South Africa and her experiences of settlement in Australia.