Short Fiction Friday: In the Queue for the Worldship Munawwer

In the Queue for the Worldship Munawwer by Sara Saab

[no synopsis provided] 

Not that long ago I watched the movie "2012". The movie that showed the events if the Mayan calendar were to be correct. When I read the title of this story and the mentioning of a Worldship I was triggered. Because it is all fine when you are on a ship headed for survival but a completely different story when you are in line for on board. 

Now the events of In the Queue for the Worldship Munawwer were something different than I imagined. The Munawwer was made for evacuation of the Lebanese Republic, the actual reason for evacuation isn't really made clear. Just that it is needed. The story is not focusing on the queue per sé but more on how one person in charge of the crew of the Worldship perceives everything. Suraya Khouri-Smith retells her personal story to her commander. Saying from the beginning that she is breaching protocol and that she has kept silent for a very long time but she can't any longer. 

From the beginning of the story you learn just how dire the situation is. There is limited amount of space on the ship, 900,000 souls can be saved. People who are in line risk everything to get aboard, jumping into the water and making the treacherous swim, people get on board with injuries and are send to the hospital bay and forgotten. THey haven't been open that long but are soon reaching maximum capacity and here comes a main plot into the picture. Can you really stop letting people on board? Is that a humane thing to do? Furthermore, where do you draw the line when it comes to taking personal things onboard. 

In the Queue for the Worldship Munawwer is a very emotional and powerful story. I hadn't dared to imagine that it would turn out this way, saying this in the best possible way! 

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