Essay on The Death Of The Night

2840 Words Sep 29th, 2016 12 Pages
The night remained young. moon hid amongst the clouds, and the sky illuminated itself with thousands of bright-stars scattered infinitely across the universe. The nighttime darkness chaperoned only by a faint smog that shrouded the air. Snaking fumes carried the smell of those gone; death, disease, and grief were inseparable within the smog. It suffocated the corners of the camp and thrived on those within. That night, I planned on sleeping early, but I took a late-night stroll and encountered a truck approaching the camp. I kept my distance to survey the scene and saw a mass of inmates as the soldier hauled the door open. Amongst a party of old men and women stood a girl no younger than myself. At the time, I had not known who she was or why she flew into the mud headfirst by the khaki-colored men. The years brought no change amongst the men; still they remained relentless, unforgiving, and unfeeling of surrounding prisoners. Any order given to them was dutifully followed without hesitation. Even for a girl my age, the men had no qualms with dragging her by arm in-line with all the other new prisoners.
The prisoners bore the smog’s smell while simultaneously adding their own element of fresh-meat on the market. After each had their blood sampled, the men dismissed them to their quarters. I saw the girl working her way to my direction – scared, confused, and helpless equally describe her behavior. Like any desperate human, she begged for help. There were Nigerian verbs…

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