Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
This week’s inspirational photo is provided by Renee Heath.
It reminds me of a short piece I wrote many years ago, on a topic near to my heart.
This is it, reduced to fit.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.
Click here to hear the writer read his words:
As Europeans colonised the New World, their treatment of the indigenous people was indefensible.
Genocide was carried out with indifference.
But another, more insidious practice, was perpetrated, well into the 20th Century.
Children were taken from their homes, never to see their parents again, cut off from their native culture, banned from speaking their own language.
They were kept in homes and educated in the ways, and the religions, of the conquerors.
This happened in the USA.
And in Canada, much of it under British rule.
But we don’t call this ethnic cleansing.
Oh no, that’s what bad people do.