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‘One race, one people’

Radhika Agarwal of Tass agency presents the situation of a soldier's family during the Mongol invasion.




The Mongol Empire

12 October 1225


Heaven


God,


I am broken. I have lost everything I once cherished and valued, every single possession I own, is of destruction now.


A few weeks ago, I gave birth to my daughter, Beihe. Her father, a soldier, was fighting in the war against the Mongols at the time. I awaited his return to us for days but finally, I was informed that I would never see him again. He had been killed by the Mongolians.  Beihe would never see her father. I didn’t know what to say, never in my wildest dreams could I imagine a life without him. 


I remember how he used to ramble about teaching our child all about her history. He was so proud of his heritage, The ‘Great Song Dynasty’ as he called it. He wanted a world where she could be free and live happily. It never crossed his mind that losing him could take away her reason for being one day. I had always been supportive of his ambition to fight for his community but not at the cost of his life. As I sat there on the floor, alone, horrific scenes of his pain and suffering started playing in the back of my mind. I didn’t want to live anymore, not without him. I know I have to support Beihe, but how can I do that now? She’s just a kid. Does she not deserve a life of love? All of this destruction and assassination is for what? All I know is that it's not worth losing your loved ones. 


You created the Human race, that is, one race of people. Underneath our differences, we all are the same humans but still besmirch one another. What happened to the human race?


I am writing this letter to you, god, to seek help. I don’t know what to do anymore. I have lost all will to live, I feel as though my heart has been ripped apart.

I wonder how the world would be if this war never began.

If only I could go back in time and save him. 

We need your help.


Aihan,

A Wife and Mother




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