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Stolen Generation Essay

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I can still remember the day they took me like it was just yesterday. The sound of the roaring trucks as they road into our community, destroying the gentle sounds of the bush around us. The screams of the children filled my ears as they scrambled into different directions trying to get away from the men that emerged. I couldn’t help but blame myself for getting taken, I should have known what to look out for, I should have seen the signs. But I guess I was young and naïve back then, although now I’m far from it. Mother used to tell me stories about them, she would call them murbarn, or lawmen. All the kids knew about the murbarn, about the warra wirrin that filled their hearts and consumed them until they were filled with hatred. Filled with this intense, raw hatred towards my people, towards anyone that looked like they could possibly be one of us. I could never understand why, why anyone could hate another person like that. I had always hoped that the murbarm would stay out of our town. I prayed and prayed to the gods that they would just forget about us and would let us live in peace. But for some reason the Gods seemed to ignore me, maybe I wasn’t praying hard enough and to this day I still wonder if there was something, anything, I could have done to make them leave us alone.

I remember being frozen with fear as the great, big trucks came to a halt. Everything was quiet for a moment, almost as if everyone had forgotten about the danger we were in. It was only when the first door opened, a solid boot being put down on the ground, did I start to react. My heart was suddenly racing at a million kilometers a second and I could hear my pulse thumping away in my ears. My first thought was the safety of my sibling. I had to get her safe; I had to get here away from here. With wide eyes I scanned through the community, looking around for Nyrnyee as the people rushed around me, desperately trying to get away. I spotted here near a large gum tree, her eyes wide as she took in the scene around her. Frantically I rushed over to her, navigating through the hoards of people as I desperately tried to get to my little sister. My frantic efforts were useless, the people pushing back against me like a vicious current pushing me along a stream. With the murbarn only a few meters behind me I knew I had to act quickly. Using all the strength I had I pushed through, only making it a few meters forwards before being moved back again “Nyrnyee!” I screeched, praying that she could hear me through the sounds of the people screaming and crying. “Nyrnyee run! Go now, go to the bush!” I shouted, the words tumbling out from my lips, my breath coming out in panicked pants. I felt a large hand come down on my shoulder, my blood instantly running cold as I realized that it was a murbarn. With one final breath I opened my mouth once more, raising my voice as loudly as I could. “Go,...

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