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“Fear is Not…”
“Fear is Not…”

Gina Grittner

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“Fear is not the natural state of civilized people,” a quote by Aung San Suu Kyi, a recipient of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, envelopes the theme of my piece. A child soldier, while made out to be the perfect weapon, easily impressionable and quick to follow orders, is still a child, screaming on the inside, dying to escape a life of torturing, killing, and ultimately lies. Unfortunately, there is not much being done to save these children from a life of fear and hatred, which I tried to show through the dripping blood, the child soldier’s face seeping through it all. Their childhoods are fading away, instead of being children; they are becoming warriors and victims. Instead of being filled with laughter, family, and moments of happiness, they are filled with murderous blood. The dirt, found on both the front and back of the poster enhances this horrible truth showing loss of innocence and purity, while also showing the dirty, unhealthy way of life they are forced to live.

The child soldier seen on the front is bearing witness to the falsehood of a war filled life, the mean, tough front they are forced to endure everyday of their lives. In opposition to this, the child seen on the back is exposing the true feelings of these victims —fear—permeating their hearts and minds. A child, pure, innocent and sweet is not meant to live in a state of fear, none of us are. No one deserves to have their life taken from them, or to be forced to take another’s. And yet it is a common occurrence in countries all over the world. Something has to be done to take back the lives that are slowly bleeding away, and prevent the loss of any more. A life of fear is no life at all.

 

 

 

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