Exclusive footage from http://www.campusalam.org. Students often face confrontational situations on campus. How do they deal with them? Here is one creative response. How would you end the story?
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Campus Confrontation: Part 1
Shouting at the top of her lungs was not Fatima’s idea of fun, but her friends believed it to be essential to realising any form of revolutionary change. Her friends Noreen, Sara and Amina, were quite the hardened social- justice activists. Fatima was equally passionate, but pensive and unobtrusive were more her style.
The demonstration had teased her out of her shell and she was soon seen at the front waving her fist in righteous glee. There had been a racist incident not far from the campus, and a demonstration was organised to show student solidarity. It had gathered numbers and momentum, and by the time the demo had gone around town and back to campus the girls were thoroughly fired up, invigorated and exhausted.
“I’m starving!” shouted Sara, neglecting to resume normal voice levels after the demonstration.
“My place isn’t too far from here,” remembered Amina, “why don’t you all come to mine for dinner?”
As the girls wandered toward the halls of residence, a car pulled up and stopped abruptly. Three men leapt out with heads shaven, combat gear, and big black army boots. They slammed the car doors angrily. One banged the broken-down car with his fist in frustration. Then the driver noticed the girls, turned abruptly and fixed them in an iron glare. The men and their car were right in the path toward Amina’s flat.
As the girls walked closer, the men continued to stare at them menacingly. Sara thought backup was called for. She fired off a text message to her mates at the demo saying “come back to campus ASAP.” Feeling uncomfortable, she lagged ever-so-slightly behind the group. They all kept walking forward, closer and closer toward the intimidating men…