The following was written by Zac Anderson and is a terrific example of a ‘mini-monologue’. Well done Zac, best of luck in the competition!
The Men With The False Confession (Moses Akatugba)
I was a son,
I was a student,
Just a boy,
Content and carefree.
And then they came.
Men bearing guns,
Men wielding machetes,
Men who tied me in ropes and chains.
The men with the false confession.
The end of my freedom,
the end of my life.
I only signed it to save myself.
But instead sealed my fate.
I was their caged rat,
They never even let me read it.
Now I will pay for the crime and corruption of another.
I am tortured,
a dead man.
Am I alone?
This is a monologue from the perspective of Moses Akatugba, a 24 year old prisoner under the Nigerian military. He was only 16 when he was taken, tortured, imprisoned and made to sign to confessions he wasn’t allowed to read. He is still in prison at the age of 24 and is has been given a death sentence.
‘The pain of torture is unbearable. I never thought I would be alive till this day. The pain I went through in the hands of the officers was unimaginable. In my whole life, I have never been subjected to such inhuman treatment,’
Moses speaking in February 2014
The story of Moses is part of a campaign by Amnesty international to “Stop Torture”. They regularly receive reports of inhuman treatment like this all over the world in corrupt governments or dictatorships.
I believe that this story needs to be heard so I have written about Moses for my monologue.
By Zac Anderson, Trafalgar school at Downton, year 8.