CN: genocide, sexual assault; reader discretion advised
The young woman gave birth to her son in the tent. She named him Jabez, quoting the Bible, “For I bore him in pain.”
About nine months earlier: German soldiers enter a village and start shooting the inhabitants. A woman starts screaming a few moments after a soldier enters her residence. The commander says to kill everyone, or drive them out, and he orders the skulls of the dead examined to prove African inferiority.
Original time: The woman, holding her son, weeps as she remembers her slain family and her violation that day.
This is a post for Friday Fictioneers by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, photo by Jan Wayne Fields.
This story is dedicated to the victims of the Herero Genocide (1904-1908) in present-day Namibia.