Posts tagged ‘refugees’

A New Lease in Life

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 19 July 2019

Roger Bultot
Photo Credit: Roger Bultot

Sitting alone in the park, he remembered the tight-knit community at the foot of the mountain where everybody knew everybody.

It was a paradise surrounded by rice fields and farmlands as far as the eyes could see.

The civil war changed all that, as families were forced to escape the hostilities and became refugees.

He and his family lived in New York now. It gave them a new lease in life. Still, he missed the village of his boyhood.

Break time was over. He stood up, took a deep breath, and went back to his station at the parking garage.

July 17, 2019 at 10:40 am 28 comments

One Cold Winter’s Night

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 19 April 2019

I’m leaving for England later this week. As a result, I’ll be on hiatus in the next three weeks. Sorry, I may not be able to make comments or respond to your comments until I return. Take care.

Dale Rogerson
Photo Credit: Dale Rogerson

The building looked rundown, but it was home for new refugees run by Catholic missionaries. It was here that Aras found his wife.

“Be careful,” he told Ariyah before she fled to the neighboring country.

One cold winter’s night, Aras headed towards the border to follow her wife. Shots rang out. Although he was hit several times, it didn‘t stop him from running.

Finally, he’d come face to face with his wife as she was doing her chores.

“Ariyah,” he cried. “I missed you so much.”

But Ariyah just ignored him. It was then that he realized he was dead.

April 17, 2019 at 9:26 am 38 comments

Crossing Over

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 20 May 2016

J Hardy Carroll
Photo Credit: J Hardy Carroll

“I need to find someone to take care of Acel,” Marwan told his family sitting at the departure area.

“Why Papa?” Little Amena asked.

“The smugglers don’t allow dogs on board.”

He then instructed his wife to go and not to wait for him in case he didn’t return on time.

Of course, it was a lie. He only had enough money to pay for his family’s trip.

“Better hurry, Papa.”

When he came back later, he found the place empty.

“Don’t be sad, Acel, they’re on their way to freedom. It’ll just be the two of us for now.”

May 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm 33 comments

A Symbol of Hope

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 8 January 2016

Melanie Greenwood
Photo Credit: Melanie Greenwood

Amira and her family escaped when rebels overran their village. After waiting for years in a refugee camp, they finally became eligible for resettlement.

“The dog stays,” the man-in-charge said as the family was boarding the chartered flight to freedom.

“Mama!” Little Amira cried, begging her mother to intervene for her beloved pet. But it was of no use.

“Please take care of Hamal until I return,” the grieving Amira said to a fellow refugee.

For a long time, Hamal waited. The dog never lost hope until he died.

Hamal eventually became a symbol of hope for those left behind.

January 6, 2016 at 5:05 pm 29 comments

A Piece of America

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 19 June 2015

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It was a lighting fixture that Ella’s father bought from the flea market.

Although it was too stylish for their circumstances, it didn’t stop him from installing it in their third floor apartment in Brooklyn. At the time, it represented the only piece of America that he owned.

His father was a doctor in Poland when the communists forced them to become refugees in America. Unable to practice his profession, he took whatever jobs he could find.

Ella who eventually became a doctor herself now thought its rich brass tone would fit nicely in their new home in Long Island.

June 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm 42 comments

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