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Caught In The Middle- Short Story by Ruby Diamond.





Oh Lord!!!! Why do we have to go through this? Sonia cried. I turned around. Her hair was in disarray; her body even in a more terrible state. Her eyes had the effects of the aftermath of a hangover- red. I mean blood red. She leaned on me. I was also scared but I had to be strong....after all, I'm Sonias' mother. Before I realized, our shoulders were both rocking in a lullaby of tears. I was tired of crying but the tears did not stop coming.

Boom!!! The crying stopped abruptly and we ran for cover. "Please God, let them not see us", Sonia prayed. We saw them -over 50 strong men- rebels they were. The fear emanating from Sonia became more pronounced. We started "back-walking" carefully in a bid to escape, at least, before they see us. Meanwhile, Sonia was trying hard to stifle her tears and I wasn't doing a good job of hiding my fears. Sonia was also mumbling prayers.

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Baba was trying hard to calm us down. Earlier, he went to get us food with four young men but they came back panting. He explained to us that they saw many rebels. I can't say if they were exaggerating but we were soon to know. I've been looking for my sister, Sonia and mama. I'm alone here with baba and other strangers. We don't even know if my brother is dead. I know he's not strong enough to withstand the battle. We were facing the north so we did not see the two ladies coming the other way. A piercing scream shout out from our crowd and all attention was drawn to us. The two ladies were startled and the shock in them succeeded in releasing a piercing scream. It is mama and Sonia.

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I really don't know what we are fighting for. I told Shawulu. Sincerely, me too. Sometimes, I try to wonder if its religion, politics or both. I've never seen myself kill soo many people like I've done here. What makes it worse is they did not offend me. Oh Lord!!! Shawulu cried...save me from the man I'm becoming.

You two, shut up and move....Shaba thundered. Shaba is our wicked, always red eyed leader. We all fear him. Not respect. No one respects Shaba. He is only feared because of his closeness to the leader of the rebels. The fear we had coughed out forced respect. You understand how it works right....

I caught a glimpse of a group of scared civilians. I was trying to divert attention to the other side so Shaba won't see them. I saw two women "back walking". They had their faces in fright. Suddenly, they screamed. Shaba turned and directed us there. I'm sure they had no line of action because in minutes, we rounded them up.

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We've not only been rounded up but other people are in trouble. Oh...I see my husband and my second daughter and face "lights" up. Spontaneous Sonia. She started running. A shot rang out...piercing screams followed....and a loud thud. Sonia fell. I erupted in fits of laughter. I couldn't cry. I laughed heavily. Everyone around me looked in awe. Sonia was alive. She looked up to me for help but I was busy laughing. Her father carried her. The rebels took us to their camp. They used us to satisfy their manhood. They called it sex but it is rape. I saw...ohh!! Are my eyes failing me? It can't be. Sonia is alive, limping. That's not what I saw. I saw him...the fruit of my womb. He had become hardened. He raped his own sister. He raped Sonia, my daughter. Shawulu raped Sonia. My son raped my daughter.....and I graduated into louder laughter.....louder fits of laughter....and now, I have been officially declared a mad woman. No one comes near me....not Sonia, not my husband or second daughter...Not Shawulu.

You know what, the war has not started. Our country's president wants to be voted in for a second term in government so he has not acknowledged that there's a war, that there is a new battalion of soldiers. He calls them hoodlums but they are more than. I wonder what will happen when a war is acknowledged.


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Guys, blog reader Ruby Diamond wrote this and would like to know what you guys think. 

Comments

  1. Wow!!! Do you live in the north?The story is so graphic, this is where we are headed if something is not done abt the crisis in the North.J

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  2. This is chilling. May God save Nigeria.

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  3. Very disturbing. Saddening. Even annoying.
    I commend the writer.

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  4. Reminds me of Half of a yellow sun in a different location.
    Yep,it's morbid,disturbing and very saddening...

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  5. Nice work ruby..this is really heartbreaking,as hard as it appears,its the truth.bhet,shey na like dis e go de dey?

    While am not in support Of GEJ second term,am yet to find som1 better contesting to serve nigeria,mayGodhelpus.

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  6. Ruby, you're a True StoryTeller. I love dis. From your writing though I can see U're a lil rusty(punctuations most times) But with sharpening u'll definitely be on-par with our T.

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  7. My stand hasn't changed, people should leave that place. In other places, the refugee system would have kicked in.
    No politician cares about the citizens; if the story is correct, Jonathan is delaying declaring to contest in 2015 just because he was advised that it would be insensitive to do it now. Nobody is fiercely dealing with the BH menace and that tells me we are all on our own in this country. I actually knew that over 20 years ago.

    May God heal our land and give us peace.

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  8. Oh My Ruby... *TightHug*
    This story is just beautiful. I really love it...

    Back to the message, In all honesty, people should leave the north. Go to the south & east & live under bridges instead of loosing ur womanhood & life to useless/condemned souls that lack the essence of life.
    In all, May God protect them & help us!

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