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Read the first page from the story below:
“Picture a beach”. Three words that would never have the same meaning again. No toes tickled by sand. No soft caress of waves to your ears. After today, a beach would forever bring questions. Scrawled in black paint. Large and imposing. On surf boards.
IF A POPULATION WAS MUTE AND ILLITERATE, WOULD THE PEOPLE BE DENIED A NATION?
WHY IS DYNAMITE FISHING, POISONING, AND TRAWLING LEGAL?
IF THE WORLD’S SURFACE IS 71% OCEAN, WHY DO WE CALL IT PLANET EARTH?
DO NATIONAL BOUNDARIES DEPEND ON HUMAN HABITATION?
Those were just the first three Neve stepped on. There were hundreds, thousands maybe, placed across the entire length of the beach. The whirring of drones above signalled their significance. this wasn’t your average protest. this was a work of art. A political statement. A movement. As Neve looked across at the other husbands, wives and “significant others”, she saw her feelings of shock and curiosity mimicked on their faces. There was no avoiding the surf boards; to get across the beach they had to walk on them, like some strange political rite of passage. It was annoying but also a welcome surprise from the monotony of the events so far. occasional whispers of “ridicolo”, “good point”, “intéressante”, “embarrassing” could be heard, while the first gentleman of the USA and first lady of Sri Lanka were discussing the meaning of a “nation”.Rasha Barrage ‘Blue Nation’
Meet the author: Rasha Barrage
Rasha Barrage is a freelance writer, editor and former lawyer with a particular interest in social justice issues and climate action. Rasha is the author of non-fiction books for Summersdale Publishers including The Little Book of Anthropology and Say No to Racism. She was born in Baghdad, raised in Merseyside and now lives in London. You can find her on https://twitter.com/rashabarrage