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The Ghost of Death

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The hair on her neck prickled, she got a feeling that there was something hovering, weighing on her. She shook it off-she was NOT superstitious, forget she grew up under a superstitious mother. Still doing the dishes, she began to whistle a happy tune and bob her head from side to side.

Instantly startled by the heavy pounding on her apartment door, just behind her, she dropped the dish she was holding. For some reason, her heart pounded and the banging on her door persisted, a tiny voice whimpering ‘please, please, help me!! He’s coming’

She turned, heart pounding, frozen. But a force pulled her towards the door-what if, what if she could actually help? What if she put herself in danger? As thoughts raced in her head, she heard it again, a sob, a whimper, just against the door, please help….

She just got into action and unbolted the door; a small, disheveled girl pushed past her but that wasn’t the scary part, she was covered in red. She turned to stare at her, to ask the questions if her lips could utter them and the girl cried ‘he’s coming, he’s coming’

If only she knew then, what she knew now, she would have bolted out the door, herself, leaving the girl behind. She wouldn’t be staring at the hard unforgiving lid of a coffin. The clawing certainty she was going to die.

‘Who-o-o?’ she asked. There wasn’t need for an answer, the hair on the back of her neck prickled. This time, she didn’t feel a presence hovering. This time, the hot, sticky, heavy breath behind her neck was real.

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I’m sharing this post written by my friend who entered for a competition. Please vote for her by clicking here. 

PS: I dedicated the Fiction Friday Posts in November to my friends who wrote for the competition. Please be kind and vote for the stories you like. ❤

Thank you! 🙂

Have a fabulous weekend!

~M.

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Posted in Inspiration

International Literacy Day

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Happy International Literacy day!

If you are reading this, be thankful you can read.

And if you are not sure you can write, post a comment to test 🙂

Fact is, there are lots of kids out there who can neither read nor write. You can’t imagine how devastating that would be!

I remember back when I was serving as a teacher a year ago in the extreme North Western region of Nigeria. Most of my students could neither communicate in English nor write in any language. It broke my heart as I spent countless hours trying to understand what they had written down in their scripts as I marked. There was this particular script that had been numbered correctly but everything written was gibberish. I was puzzled. Even if a minion were to write, it’d make a whole lot of sense to me.

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I was frustrated then because I couldn’t just put a huge ‘X’ across the script knowing the student must have been helpless.

However, the experience opened me up to the harsh realities of life. Lots of things we take for granted are highly sought after by some other people on the other side. Always live in gratitude for the things you have going on for you, no matter how little.

My suggestions on how you can spend the International Literacy Day

  • Spend some time to thank God that you can read and write.
  • Help a child learn how to read and write today.
  • Give out books and writing materials.
  • Make donations to NGOs involved in promoting literacy.
  • Pray for someone today- it could be the kid begging on the streets or the gardener who can’t speak correctly.

Close with these quotes;

Creating a world that is truly fit for children does not imply simply the absence of war… It means having primary schools nearby that educate children, free of charge… It means building a world fit for children, where every child can grow to adulthood in health, peace and dignity.
-Carol Bellamy

We cannot afford to settle for being just average; we must learn as much as we can to be the best that we can. The key word is education — education with maximum effort. Without it, we cannot be in charge of ourselves or anyone else.
– Bill Cosby

Literacy unlocks the door to learning throughout life, is essential to development and health, and opens the way for democratic participation and active citizenship.

-Kofi Annan

Once again, happy International Literacy Day!

© Mfon Etuk, 2015

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