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Star-Crossed Child

This morning, in school, there was an announcement waiting for him. From next week they used to celebrate sports gala in his school. He was captain of the football team and was very excited to play in this tournament with seniors, juniors and colleagues. His teacher was confident in seeing him as an international player due to his outstanding performance in school tournaments. He had many dreams for the future and was very excited when he told this news to his parents. They planned to vacation after this tournament and wanted to celebrate his success through a grand party with his friends and teachers.

The next day he found his parents dead in a drone attack, his school demolished, and his future destroyed due to war. He was in a refugee camp where he needed to survive in tough conditions with harsh realities. He had a keychain and a family picture as a memory; he used to look at these memories with a shattered mind. He was stressed, broken and helpless among many strangers and far away from his country, home town and school.

In the war, children suffer mentally, physically and emotionally. They lost everything, including family, friends, hometown, country, future, and identity. Now he was on a journey to find a way to keep alive him. He was cold, and his heart was anguished. He wants to hug his mother to take motherly warmth and find courage in his father's face. He was hungry and wanted to eat his favourite food with his friends in the school canteen just like old days. He was frightened that he could never go to school and would not spend a cherished life. He wants courage and teacher appreciation, as in his old golden days. He is devastated by fate and feels helpless in a strange world.

Some days ago, he had a bright future, a caring family and a good life, but now, he was worried about his future in a different country. He doesn't know that country's language, people, or education system. In the past, he lost his fate, and now he is struggling with life to survive a bit more.

Sometimes, he thinks about his cosy bedroom when he slept in the refugee camp and missed his home. He was mentally disturbed and lost; don't find a familiar person in the refugee camp. Food is not enough for everyone; some are ill or injured and can't find medicine at that time. Some of them are affected by pandemic diseases, can't find proper care and medication and waiting for death in a stranger country among stranger people. He sees many children his age who share the same fate in this refugee camp. All had a painful background and lost their homes, hopes and searches for a reason to live. No one cares about them anymore; they are in awful conditions.


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