Battered But Not Broken. Essay

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Battered but not BrokenNumbers were scrawled scantily across the aching chests of my parents in the fierce dark of night by government officials bearing military weapon strapped to their bodies. With the wind lashing across their blistered and twinging bodies, my mother mustered all the strength she had left inside of her and held onto my father with one hand as she wrapped me up and tucked me further into her shirt.21834, 21835; those numbers had transformed the once prominent, compassionate and loyal citizens my parents were, to mere faces associated by numbers lost within the swarm of a thousand other numbers.As the family took their places around the dining table, my mother recited those exact numbers whilst she was making her regular pancakes in the kitchen on a Sunday morning. My father took his place and sternly looked at my younger twin brothers demanding them to do their homework. As for me, the painstaking wait for my Mother's pancakes had developed into a dawning recount of the tormenting ordeal my family endured some 30 odd years ago.Although my younger brothers are permeated with naivety and imprudence, they took a sudden interest once they heard my Mother weeping. The events that unravelled in the earlier years of my life that I yearn to forget, have unfortunately been tattooed to the back of my mind and they hauntingly awake me every night. Throughout my life, I have accumulated fragments of our experience fleeing the indefinite homeland I've grown to forget, like snippets of an old, barely visible movie. The sensitive topic of our escape had finally emerged for the first time and I did not anticipate the abrupt onslaught of nausea that would overcome me. I made it known that it was too early in the morning to indulge ourselves in an emotional, yet precarious story of the past.In an attempt to drown out my mother's perseverance in reliving the past, my mind began to embark upon its own recount of events. I peered out the kitchen window which overlooked the treacherous sea. The much too familiar gentle breeze began to graze my face, as the memories began to play in my mind like a broken record.The long, strenuous preparation process for the escape had taken a baffling six months according to my father. When the day came, it felt as though time had stalled just to heighten the sense of trepidation within all of our desperate minds. The vessel that was bound to set us free and take us to our freedom was a dishevelled, barely sea-worthy boat fit enough to carry 40 people, but forced to hold twice its capacity for this voyage. The night we bid farewell to our motherland, my parents never said goodbye to my grandparents but had only left a note, telling them they were staying at a friend's house and not to go looking for them. It was a heartbreaking deception which was done out of necessity, not choice.We boarded the ship and before we knew it, everyone onboard looked towards our homeland and cherished their final glimpses knowing they...

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