Freedom from Fear

Image[This was a project I did for school, titled “Freedom From Fear”. I believe that what is going on in Pakistan and other Taliban-controlled countries is VERY IMPORTANT to spread the word about. Everyone should have the chance to fight for their rights.]

Little red, Little red, put on this cape, and you’ll be safe—or so they say.

If you went into the forest and saw a wolf today, you would run if you were weaponless or shoot it if you had a gun. But over time, wolves have evolved to become smarter, quicker, faster. Now they look like masked men and instead of stealing away like shadows in the night, they rule the streets in broad daylight. Now, they’re the ones armed with a gun. Why does crime run rampant in Pakistan? Why can’t Little Red go to school without getting shot by the Taliban?

Little Red wants to be free. She wants freedom from fear and she wants to go to school at the same time. Why can’t she have both?

The colors of her world are two-dimensional, but the colors I used are not. Perhaps there’s hope found in her red cape, a bright beacon against the dark backdrop of forest.

Red, the blood of angry men

Black, the dark of ages past

Red, a world about to dawn,

Black, the night that ends at last.

The word fear, letters spaced out, if you add e and rearrange the letters it could spell Free, but that’s just a trick of the mind, that’s just a trick of the Taliban, making Fear look Free, that’s their sign.

I am Malala, she declares. She knows the truth when the Taliban call themselves Freedom Fighters, but she’s the real Freedom Fighter here, and I admire the courage that burns like a flame in her. Red, the color of fire and blood, black, the color of fear and death.

The fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood that scared you as a kid is the reality for many people all over the world. Education of women has been banned all over the country, but everywhere, underground schools are popping up, with teachers risking death each day for rebelling against the Taliban.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, and Malala is not scared. She possesses a freedom from fear, but what about the rest of the girls in Pakistan?

FDR had a vision that production of weapons would be reduced all over the world so that no one nation could have the power to commit a violent act against a neighbor. In his own words, “That is no vision of a distant millennium…Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them.” Don’t women in Pakistan deserve our support? Take away the gun from the wolf, and perhaps girls like Malala can be finally be free from fear.Image


About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on December 17, 2013, in Editor's Column, Star Rapture Blog and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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