100-word fiction: ‘They Came From China’

It was hot in the sun and there was no shade. Seven years passed while unspeakable horrors continued to occur. The men were interrogated, brutalised and brainwashed, caged half way round the world from their families whom they would never be able to see again. They had become a problem for the authorities. No country would take them in. Eventually, the government of a small island humanely offered them the right of residence. The decision sparked a diplomatic row that crossed continents. How were these people to live? They were innocent. They had done no wrong. Weren’t they now free?

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Author: MW Bewick

Writer of poetry and place; editor and journalist. Co-founder of Dunlin Press. 'Scarecrow', a debut collection of poetry is available now from http://dunlinpress.bigcartel.com

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