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In an era where image is the focus of society, I stay hidden. My face is my identity, my face isn’t for your entertainment and amusement. My face is I and I stay masked.

I know what you’re thinking; you’re thinking I’m a risk to society. Breathing under my surgical face mask as an exchange student. Hiding under my balaclava from the dangers of council estates. Protected under my niqab from the bigots that judge without learning about devotion.

You won’t exploit me for the greed of your eyes. Don’t fear the unknown, embrace the chance to learn. I may seem foreign to your norm, but the simple fact that I am not like you enables this society to be wide and vast in diversity.

‘Be diverse, be open.’

Published by AdHoc Fiction. , 09/10/2019.

You can now view this story as well as other short-stories in my collection 'Kapav Garcon, Kapav Zaco' here.

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