The soldiers were given strict instructions not to unnecessarily engage the enemy. If they fired, fire back but proportionally.
There was a ceasefire in place and the naval ships out at sea were supposed to respect it. The enemy didn’t. They had violated this ceasefire for decades, firing deliberately at civilian targets. The border areas were slowly cleared, the yellow lines warning people not to venture any nearer.
But some people refused to leave, others couldn’t afford to. They braved the bullets, as their soldiers died protecting them.
In a cowardly nighttime attack, the enemy killed seven soldiers, while the world watched in criminal silence.
“Mama,” whispered little Fatima, hugging her mother tight, “why doesn’t anyone help us?”
Tears trickled down her mother’s face, who whispered back, “Don’t worry sweetheart, our army doesn’t need any help, they’ll keep us safe.”
Years later, Fatima got the answer to her question. The world supported any country that had the power of money and media behind it. Human lives didn’t matter, investments and trade deals did. The truth was of no value, as long as you could effectively lobby your version of events to ambassadors the world over.
That was when Fatima founded a secret group called, The Warriors.
Their weak government was ignored, their principled army didn’t stoop to the despicable level of their enemy, their enemy was embraced by the world, left with no other choice, these citizens would now take matters into their own hands.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere – Martin Luther King Jr.