Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Monologue Mania Day #776 Funny Questions by Janet S. Tiger (c) Mar. 29, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day #776 Funny Questions by Janet S. Tiger (c) Mar. 29,  2016 

                                                      Funny Questions
                                                      A monologue by Janet S. Tiger 
                                  © 2016 all rights reserved 
           (A young girl enters, dressed in the clothing of a Nigerian farm girl, she tilts her head, listens)

Why?  You ask me a funny question.....only in this world would a question like yours be possible.

            (Looks around, shakes head)

Why did I not kill myself?  Why didn't I blow myself up, like my friend.....who is dead now....along with dozens of other human beings......

I am almost ashamed to be a human when someone can ask me that question.

Do you think I would be better off dead?  That is what they told me, too.  After I was taken from my village, they told me unless I converted, that I was damned forever.

And when the men raped me, over and over, for weeks and months.....I would pretend they were invisible.....and I would pray.....and when I prayed, they asked me who I was praying to.....and I told them....Allah......after that, they stopped raping me......they treated me a little better, they gave me a little more food........I lied to them.....I prayed to Jesus, but I knew that it was better to say Allah......they told me the only way I could get to heaven was if I were to take the jacket...with the bomb....and kill others.....

After what they did to me, it almost made sense.

But my father's words were in my ears always.  From when I was a little girl, he said that God loved me, and would not want bad things happen to me.

And that to do good, that was the reward, and heaven waited for those who did good.

I remember asking him about when bad things happen to people.  Why did God do that?

He would shake his head and say, 'god does not do the bad things, people do the bad things'

When I went into that market, I saw a man, and he looked like my father.   Maybe it was my father.....I don't know, maybe you will tell me......but I could not kill my father.....so I took off the jacket, and I came to a policeman, and when I did, the other girl had gone inside and she blew up herself and 26 people......

 Even though i pretended to believe those men, I did not.  I believed my father.....and no matter what happens now....I know the right thing....Which is why I could not blow myself up.....

          (She turns to leave, stops, looks back)

Why did I not kill myself?   How sad that you have to ask.......

          (Lights down.  End of scene)

Unfortunately, this is based on a true story.......http://www.africanews.com/2016/02/12/female-suicide-bomber-refuses-to-blow-herself-up/

Female suicide bomber refuses to blow herself up       12/02/15


A teenage girl strapped with an explosive vest from Boko Haram to wreck havoc on internally displaced persons, in Dikwa, Bornu state, in Nigeria, ripped-off her vest refusing to participate in the attack.
However, two other teenage girls with her, strolled into the middle of hundreds of people lining up for food and detonated the explosives on them killing 58 people and injuring 78 others.
It was the most destructive attack launched by Boko Haram in recent months.
A Civilian joint Task Force (CJTF) fighter, Modu Awami on Thursday disclosed that the girl is about 14 years old. He said the girl told him that she was afraid and that she knew detonating the bomb, will kill many people.
A rescue official revealed that the girl has also given information to the authorities on other terrorist attacks planned by Boko Haram.
Meanwhile, the US embassy in Nigeria on Thursday condemned the recent attack on Dikwa.
The country has restated its continued support for the Nigeria government in battling the insurgents.
“The US Embassy condemns the reported suicide attacks on internally displaced persons in Dikwa town, Borno State,that occurred on Feb. 9” it said.
Janet S. Tiger    858-736-6315
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Lenore Simon said...

Your powerful retelling of the dreadful story of young girls being abducted in Nigeria to be used as messengers of death left me deeply touched and
tearful. The response to the question at the very end was writing at its
very best. As painful as the story is, it is a must read.

Jennifer Silva Redmond said...

Heartbreaking but vital to read. Brava!