Wednesday, October 10, 2012

AISHA


Once again, writers from all over the world join MadisonWoods #Friday Fictioneeers to create short stories based on a photo prompt. This week, the photo is provided by Jan Morrill. Below is my 100-word story inspired by Jan's interesting photo. (10/12/12).




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Behind these thick walls, Aisha was doing something dangerous and forbidden. She was secretly attending school. A bright teenager, she was learning and thriving. Aisha craved to be educated, with a strong desire to be a doctor.


Most unusual, in this country, her loving father encouraged her; an effort to  lift her from the Dark Ages.


But there was a Judas in her midst. The school bus was intercepted. The traitor pointed her out. Through the window, the bullet found its target. 


To this day, this brave girl lies in a coma. Her only crime? She wanted to learn.

ps:  Pray for Malala.

50 comments:

  1. Dear Lora,

    I can think of no more fitting tribute to this brave girl than your story. Sadly, the Dark Ages are a fact of life for far too many innocent girls (and boys) in certain areas of this planet. I hope the outrage wins out over fear and this crime is condemned and the guilty brought to justice.

    Fantasitic job this week, Lora. Timely and chilling.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    1. Aloha Doug ~ It's my small part of outcry for this innocent girl and other youngsters being deprived of an education. Thank you for stopping by. You know how much I value your comments.

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  2. This is such a sad story. I heard it yesterday and mourn that there are people who will not only do this but take credit and defiantly state that she was the target. How terrible!

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    1. Hi Janet ~ Plus these savages warn if she lives, they will target her again. Pray for her. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Hey, this is touching...is it set in Africa? It has a lot of significance to me been an African too...Thank you for sharing this piece of truth.
    BTW, you voice was documentary-like...given time, you may present an award winning CNN Documentary series! Well done

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    1. Hi See. Williams...it could be set in Africa but this particular story takes place in the Middle East based on the true story about a girl named Malala. Thanks for the compliment re. the docu-award. You flatter me.

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  4. I think you and i are tackling world events this week. Very well done, Lora and a fine tribute to Malala.

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    1. Hello Dear Boomie ~ Thank you for stopping by. Glad you noticed it's my tribute to Malala. (Let's pray for her). Will visit you soon to read yours.

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  5. Unfortunately, this is very believable. Well done.

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    1. Hi ~ It's my tribute to Malala. Tks for visiting.

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  6. So very, very disturbing. So extremely sad.

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    1. Sad and true. Tks for visiting.

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  7. Sad and appalling that such darkness exists. When I saw the story on the news last night, I ached for Malala. Well told, Lora. Her only crime was wanting to learn.

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    1. Hello my Rockstar ~ Thanks for visiting and commenting. I also appreciate the helpful tip.

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  8. So very sad. I cried and cried when I read about this. Very nice tribute.

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    1. Malala will need protection when and if she becomes well. The "evil" terrorists plan to finish the job if she survives. All we can do is pray for her.

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  9. Isn't it ironic that ignorant people fear knowledge? This is a powerful and touching tribute to a modern day martyr. Well done!

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    1. Hello dear Russell: Yes, so true. The ignorant always fear knowledge. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Hope you're enjoying the Ozark convention.

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  10. What courage she had. Thanks for writing this.

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    1. Yes, one can see the courage in her lovely face as well. Tks for stopping by.

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  11. Lora,
    Coming from an Irish family I always heard about the Hedge schools.....Hedge Schools were clandestine schools run by the Irish during the time of the Penal laws which not only forbade the teaching of Catholic catechism, but indeed forbade all education for Catholics.

    This kinda thing sadly still goes on in various parts of the world for all kinds of reasons....I just read an article about women who fear for their lives in the Mideast because they write poetry. It was in Time Magazine I believe.

    A good story on a sad subject.

    Tom

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    1. Hi Tom: Never heard of the Hedge Schools. I'm sure it also stems back to Henry VIII who used his power to rid his country of Catholicism to justify his beheadings and divorces. Yes, frightening situation for women and girls in the Mideast. Thanks for visiting and reading.

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  12. Very well written. Every small prayer counts and your words are a beautiful tribute.

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    1. Yes, I believe prayers have power. If Malala survives, I pray she can get protection and find a way to escape for they plan to finish the job if she survives.

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  13. Very sad and all too true. (I think my first comment got lost)

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    1. Yes...it is true. Tks for visiting and reading.

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  14. This is very unfortunate. Sometimes, the vagaries of the world we live in irk me.

    My heart goes to Malala.

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    1. I believe in prayer for Malala. Tks for stopping by.

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  15. A deeply sad and fine tribute to very brave and inspirational girl. My prayers are with her. http://readinpleasure.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/fridayfictioneers-i-want-out/

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    1. Hi Celestine: Let's hope she survives, get protection and finds a way to escape so she can get her education in a better world.

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    1. Tks for visiting and reading, Kathy.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and reading.

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    1. Yes, I agree. Tks for visiting. I'm about halfway through the list and will get to you all eventually.

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  19. I have been out of touch this week and did not hear this story. Even so, I knew it had the ring of truth to it. Very well told. Concise. Not overwritten- which would have only distracted.

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    1. Hi...Malala's sad story will find you eventually. It's all over the news. Tks for visiting.

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  20. Great story. Will be more than happy to pray for Malala and all girls and women who are struggling to be free, with education and a voice.

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  21. On behalf of Malala and all girls and women who are forbidden their rights, like an education, I thank you. I believe prayers have power.

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  22. about halfway through i had a feeling that's who this was about. very sad but well told.

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    1. Hi Rich: Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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  23. Hers is an amazing story, and you did it justice in this, which couldn't have been easy to do. You write well!

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  24. Hi Brian: Glad you enjoyed this. To be honest, it came to me immediately and flowed easily. Maybe because it was true and my heart was in it. Thank you for the compliment. It made my heart sing.

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    1. Hi Bjorn: Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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  26. A tragic story. Us girls often take our access to education for granted in the west.

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  27. Hi Claire: True, but there are many of us who are grateful for our education and freedoms, especially when we hear about Malala and her sisters.

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  28. Very well told Lora. The fear of knowledge will only be defeated by that knowledge itself. These people and regimes are desperate because they know their days are numbered in the modern world. If only people like Malala did not have to suffer in the process. You have provoked deep thoughts.

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    1. Hi Anne ~ I agree. How pathetic of them to think they can turn us back to the Dark Ages. Many of their women are revolting in quiet ways. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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