Newspoint Media has obtained a letter written by a Nigerian soldier, Ambrose Agene Akpai in warfare torn Gwozari Mountain, Sambisa.
In the letter which was written on the eve of the presidential election and titled, “Gwozari Mountain!!! 1800hrs A Letter Home”, Agene Akpai lamented the speed at which the media amplify the casualties.
“Alone on the base of the mountain counting my ideas. I do not deserve to remain alive after this encounter. I keep in mind taking some uncalculated selections throughout the warmth of the battle, I keep in mind inserting my palm on the recent barrel of the machine gun simply to stabilise its rotation. I did not really feel something then, however now my palm is on fireplace; it hurts. And the way in which am seeing it I’ll be ashamed to offer handshake… Nor use it to romance a lady if am opportune to Stay Alive, he wrote
He continued, “The place was affected by lifeless our bodies of the terrorists. Some the place shot at shut vary – the opening of their heads can bear witness. While some the place roasted right into a thick plastic like form of black coal. Their our bodies lay strewn on the street for days earlier than we superior. Maybe for ever.
In a flash I considered house; of the loves I’ve missed. Its been years.
“I picked a pen and wrote a letter house:
**The day is chilly and dying appears to hover round us. Vultures fly of their a whole bunch, that “quack quack ” sound they make is so annoying.
“I understand how laborious it’s to maintain calm regardless of the experiences from media; however reality is, I actually do not know the supply of such information. We battle right here with out the presence of any newsman or reporter. Its humorous how they amplify the speed of casualties right here. Well, that is a narrative for one more day.
“It is tough for a man of my age to know that no person lives perpetually. Dying is only a phrase till you develop into the sufferer. That’s trite, however horrible true. One minute you are battling and avoiding flying bullets and also you see your self as naturally immortal. The subsequent jiffy you are busy trying over your shoulder to see if old Lady Luck remains to be round. Then, for those who’re nonetheless intact in a chunk, you reside to die one other day.
“Some EOD consultants had been despatched to us. They assisted us in sweeping the susceptible locations and ensuring that they’re secure from laid mines. It was a aid for us to have them.
“The group chief was forward of us sweeping mines when it occurred. And increase! He had resulted in a pile of perforated chunk of meat together with 7 of his males. Young formidable males. Why them? Why? And when is will or not it’s you?
Those are the type of questions you ask your self right here.
“We loved a deal of respect and assist from few of the locals who dared staying again regardless of all odds. Sometimes they provide meals however we stay cautious and vigilant. Trust will not be a phrase in warfare.
I’m quick studying the language of the locals right here and I am unable to wait to show how a lot I’ve learnt. I acted as an interpreter on few events and it was superior.
“War will not be rosy. It disconnects lovers and associates. I’ve seen moms throwing their infants into the bush when it grew to become a burden. Abandoned vehicles, good buildings, livestock and farms litter the rocky land.
“Sometimes the terrorists come to scavenge the autos, free the engines and repair it in theirs. Sometimes they loot these deserted homes and go together with meals gadgets.
“Do you realize that regardless of the warnings in opposition to looting and sexual assault, a few of our guys nonetheless go forward with such unprofessional act? Hmm. Looting brings dangerous luck. I do know of a few of my colleagues who looted and eliminated valuables from deserted properties, hid them away from their trenches and stored an harmless face.
“We know them however we dare not level them out for our personal security. But karma is a bitch. She has a method of getting again at them. Most of them don’t dwell to outlive the following assault.
“Just few days again, a few of these erring troopers had been arrested, court martialed and sentenced to imprisonment. I believe four years or so.
“The evening is quick approaching and my palm hurts once more. I will probably be seeing you ahead of anticipated by the heavens to say a lot that this piece cannot maintain. Send the entire of my like to everybody at house**
“I wrapped the letter neatly and gave it to Ahmad who was to journey to see his sick spouse the next day.
Ahmad didn’t make it house.
#BEWAREOFFIRE LIFE OF A SOLDIER
#SERVICE TO # HUMANITY”