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Broken Angel Wings

Broken Angel Wings


Fiona M Khan

I was a little girl then, about five years old. As with all little girls, the feeling of innocent freedom, that joie de vivre. Fear was not in my vocabulary. My father shaped me to be the princess he cherished, being the last born of eleven children. The world revolved around pretty dresses and shoes, an abundance of gifts, lucky dips and books and riding around in the back seat of his Chevrolet Impala. I do not think at that time there was a regulatory need, as we have now, for seat belts. It was all about being cool and cruising as he was in his late forties when the days of wild and free were curtailed. No wild chases and speeding, no drag racing nor envy. I adored my father, thinking he was my world as a larger than life person who feared nothing and nobody. However, I could not understand why my brothers and sisters who were far older than I, feared him so much.

Fear is all consuming. Unlike love that can renew and recreate and transform into a new energy, fear possesses and is a possessive dark lover. It stays in the darkest recesses of the mind and heart because what the mind perceives the heart conceives and vice versa. It is overwhelming, reducing one to outbursts of emotion that leaves residual effects and all it takes is a trigger to awaken the demon of fear. It is deep and haunting. One is drawn to a space of absence of the mind and a regression of the soul because fear unfurls from a foetal posture. It is fear that is so overbearing it encompasses all the other emotions driving one to hold on when one loses one’s grip, to cry when threatened, to laugh in the face of borderline insanity, to be possessive and possessed, to run away from rather than run towards. But it motivates and stimulates, it inspires and becomes a force driving the possessed to zeniths of ecstasy and to the nadirs of recoil and recess.

My siblings would scamper and scatter then disperse almost not to be seen or heard. His very presence created an emotion so deep that they trembled every time he spoke. My Mum went about her work with a placid façade that she was busy in the kitchen or she would take her Qur’aan and read very earnestly.

‘Put the record player on.’

Dad would sit in a quiet repose reading his newspaper while I would have my ears pasted against the radio listening to Bollywood singing sensations Mohamed Rafi or Lata Mangeshkar filling our ears with soulful melodies until his supper was served. Being young and almost invisible in their adult world, I discovered there was a trick that assisted my siblings and Mum in escaping my father’s wrath. I had learnt over some private conversation between them that when Dad turned into the driveway it reflected off a window and wall. This bought them time to escape. Their fear was so intense, so adrenaline gushing, the wooden floors thundered as they sprinted to their respective rooms, pretending they were studying or sleeping or better yet, sitting in the toilet. In my innocence, I laughed. I thought it was amusing. At that tender age how could I understand Fear when I didn’t even know what it was?

The day I regret, the day I killed a thousand times in my mind, was the day I told my Dad in pure childlike innocent conversation, boasting how proud I was of my sibling’s tricks and ingenious escape which was in fact a secret. He was very silent, ears pricked, eyes darting with fitting the puzzle together in his brain and listening very attentively. A week later he arrived home unannounced. There was no flashing light nor shadows reflecting off the wall . . . only chaos. I saw Fear that stood up straight and looked me right in the eyes. I was stupefied and filled with speechless horror!

That night Fear ruled home and the lives of those around me. It became the demon in my dreams and the monster I carried on my back as my father beat my brothers and whipped my sisters with a leather belt. Speechless, I watched the horror unfold like a nightmare. It was not real! I kept thinking this was that nightmare I wanted to go away. I hid it in the deepest recesses of my mind. Never to be revisited, never to awaken a monster so deep within me. It made me recoil from society. That was the night I hid under a table, shivering and wishing that someone would save me from the cold that gripped my body and left my teeth chattering. He beat my Mum for being undisciplined and raising bad children. On that night falling asleep exhausted and supine next to my sister, as she sobbed and sniffled, Fear owned me. Fear burdened me with a secret that I could not share. I had betrayed a family secret of survival against Fear. It did not make any sense but scarred my mind and left me an anxious mess. But like all circles, that Fear haunted me like a pimping cad and came back later to claim a share of ownership.

At eight years of age my father had passed on. We were very poor. After being a very wealthy man he died intestate rather suddenly. But I was dogged as my fate was such that I was the teacher’s pet, the spoilt monitor in the class and the very intelligent fool who always gave the right answers. This riled some of the boys who were slightly older in class. Their stolid stares of warning did not deter my quest for being the smart one. Fear, how I wished had made me brave, now turned me into a quivering leaf.

They waited like a pack of hounds snarling and circling. I was a prey. They smelt the fear and relished their vengeful power. My bag, a small brown, square case, was my only weapon. It is indeed strange, the ripple of hopelessness that starts at the crown of my head and cascades over the body to the end of my curling toes. It was flight, fight or fright. Either way in the name of fear, it bordered on survival. Their jeers were acidic baying for revenge. They, those cruel young boys who would one day grow into men, who would one day have children, stuck their tongues out and slurped almost tasting my blood, leering at me being helpless and crying for mercy. Their eyes were wide open and bloodshot. I cringed and wept, biting my nails trying to figure out how to escape that flash of madness. My heart raced so fast I could feel it in my mouth, thumping to be saved. With my back against the wall, there was no escape. The cruelty of having a prey cornered is one can toy and tease it at leisure. They baited and tempted then taunted offering hope then viciously swiping it away with maliciousness. They would open a way for my escape then snigger and laugh, then sneer and humiliate me as they blocked my path. They would then lunge for my bag and after a tussle this way and that, wringing my bag out of my hands they tossed it so far away that I could not reach it. All I could see was my last hope, my weapon of destruction hurtling through the air beyond my reach. Until, the angels looked on me. I was saved by a passer-by each time. The boys would act as innocent as wild dogs fooling around while I ran for my life as if the devil were behind me.

Fear became my nemesis. I hated Fear as much as it loved me because the more I toyed with it and tried to triumph over it, Fear possessed me with a passion so fierce it strangled me. With the threat of Fear evident in my sweaty palms as it made me anxious, I still went bravely back to school each day and walked tall like a champion. When fear stares at you, right into your face, it is an undignified challenge.

Fear on those few days led to bed wetting. At that tender age, I had to deal with arising on a wet bed and the humiliation of my sister cleaning after me. One such day, I was at school. I saw that trickle of urine stream down my legs, that lump of helpless fear stick in my throat as they tried to catch then taunt me during a lunch break. Their game was up! A teacher spotted them when Truth, came pouring out between tears, a snotty nose and hiccups. I thought I was humiliated standing in a puddle of ammonia. On the contrary I was hailed a champion on being bullied. However, it gave me resilience. I was the torch bearer of survival as I went through many such incidents especially in secondary school. The bullying got worse! It now included jealousy and competition, bitchy remarks and feline snarling and gossip. Fear was my champion. The one thing Fear taught me by leaving an embellishment deep in my heart, was to be tough. I could weather any storm and roar through any aggression or negativity. But Fear, like Karma is a mighty fine bitch. It came back like a jilted lover to stab me right between my shoulder blades, at a later stage.

My wings were broken.

Fearlessness was spurred by fear. Brave and strong becomes the razor wire to the outside world, against the marauders. Nobody intruded within my space and I felt just a hint of invincibility. Carrying my armor with bravado, I spoke with braveness. However, it took a mean, fat toad to trigger the stressor of Fear as I could feel the tremors of Fibromyelgia in my crippled movements and Myesthenia wrack my aging body as my eye drooped and the left side of the body caved in to muscular spasms. It was not the fight or flight of the little girl who survived within me, but Fear became trapped and turned against me in a crippling short illness that wracked my body showing me who was the real mistress. I was victimized and harassed by a bully once again and that became the trident that struck deep within my heart. This was not the MeToo campaign of sexual harassment of the body, but a MeToo campaign of the harassment, assault, intimidation and humiliation and the rape of the mind. Yes, the mind! And does one think we are spared in professional places of work? Never!Too often we neglect the psychological impact of bullying and harassment, of assault, intimidation and the indefinite and undefined effects of the trauma.

Oh, how I buckled under the indomitable and shrewd bondage of Fear knotting my muscles and joints into a hapless invalid. The fight had fled and the fright froze all that was within me. Bedridden and bowing to the might of Fear, I crumbled. Every vestige of fight, trapped within the deepest ganglia, were stretched to the limit to drag myself back to light from a painful and somber doom. Fear beckoned. Like a harlot I succumbed to the whims and call of a master planner. But fight is a mean challenger. It ripped into me, pleading for survival. From the edge of almost tipping over and giving in, with my sweaty palms, I clawed and scratched my way back to wrestle with Fear. A formidable opponent, I summoned every shred of might I could possibly have from that frightened girl within and clawed my way back by packing that pain into my little brown school bag, that went hurtling when I was cornered.

Then, as all champions I stood up and fought the big fat toad and the dark forces that raged against me. I had finally embraced Fear and made him my friend. He was not my foe any more but a companion, a global navigation system on my journey and destination. I had finally whipped him into submission. My broken angel wings healed. I was ready to soar.

copyright FionaKhan/17/Fi.K

Throwback 2002

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FIONA KHAN担 NEW BOOKS (article first published : 2002-04-20)

To celebrate World Book Day Washesha Publications in association with Adams Campus Bookshop and the School of Nursing , University of Natal, Durban, will launch three new books by Durban author Fiona Khan this week.

Described as an author, poet, scriptwriter, community worker, Aids-activist-educator-facilitator and a motivational speaker, Fiona Khan published her first book I Am What I Am in 1994. This won the SA Writers’ Circle Quill award in 1995 and was translated into five languages.

Fiona Khan has received several nominations and awards for international poetry and prose writing. Two of her books, I am what I am and The Magic Calabash have been used for production as an animation for TV. Her poetry has been published in anthologies in Britain, America, South Africa and Australia and she’s contributed to a children’s short story collection Beneath the Baobab Tree published in Kenya.

The three new titles are Hi! I am HIV Positive, The Grasshopper who Couldn’t Jump and The Magic Calabash. Each one is illustrated by a student from the Nanda Sooben College for Art, Animation and Design.

Illustrated by Vidya Amin, Hi! I am HIV Positive, tells the story of Thandeka. She is a young girl from Umzinto who learns to understand what it means to be HIV positive and how to cope with people’s attitudes. This 20 page A4 book will be enjoyed by four to 12 year-olds , as well as their parents and educators. Teaching aids, in the form of charts and task cards, are also available.

The Grasshopper who Couldn’t Jump, illustrated by Tyron Love, is a whimsical early reader describing the adventures of Hoppo the grasshopper who has to learn how to jump to keep himself alive .

The Magic Calabash contains illustrations by Carey Lee Farbach. It is a delightful story set in the bustling city life of Durban. Langa is a street orphan whose life is brightened by his friendship with a street peddler named Mkulu. Little does he realise that a magical trip inside a calabash is not only a gift but a lesson in life.

The advantages of Reading and Storytelling from an early age.

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The earlier children are introduced to books, especially picture books the quicker they develop affectively and cognitively. The mind is pliant and stretched into building an imagination that transforms into excellent communication skills, expansive language and creativity, and the world becomes boundless and profound.

The child goes on an intellectual and emotional ride. Children are born learning and developing the art of language and communication. The sensory perception of all faculties are enhanced and most importantly the child becomes a lifelong reader.

Children who go to libraries imbibe the atmosphere of books and its insurmountable influence on their lives. They socially engage with other children who are also surrounded by literature and the aura of books stimulating the emotional bonding of social cohesion.


Visually, the child becomes spatially and environmentally aware and alert. Looking at picture books creates the freedom of thought processes, interpretation and adding meaning with sequencing to pictures. It is an informative pleasure ride of learning and development. The idea of eventuality though choices and decisions renders the possibilities limitless and solutions priceless.

Reading aloud and storytelling enriches the vocabulary, builds language and constructs of fluency, comprehension and communication. Literacy skills are pleasurable and valuable and adds value and meaning to a constructive and elevated life.

The five senses are engaged from touch and smell by stretching the imagination to hearing, visualizing and tasting  by cognitive gymnastics. The flexibility of the imagination allows the child to create images that are beyond the daily peripheral visualization of life and transforms the world into imagery that is universal.

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Code switching and code mixing is easier at the earliest age. If a child speaks any language other than English, learning a new language is much easier at an earlier age. Bilingualism and multilingualism can co-exist in communities with more than one language. The social dynamics of a child is elevated as the child can adapt and communicate on a multi-level platform. Many new languages have evolved through code switching and mixing. The morphology and formal aspects of language is easier to comprehend and communicate.

Reading and Storytelling brings alive dialogue and characters that are preserved in a book and captured in an unknown and different time capsule. copyright: FionamKhan


Reading Aloud as Storytelling

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Reading aloud is as evocative and enriching as the age old art of storytelling. Storytelling is an ancient art of Oral history. Books are a revolutionized platform  of preserving  and recording this rich history as much as technology has advance storytelling and reading  from Amazon into Kindle, iPad and Kobo. Characters come alive, dialogue dances out of storybooks, emotions ride on a roller coaster and settings sail around the world. Storytelling and reading aloud are words that transform emotion into motion. The child and even adult is taken on an emotional and intellectual ride that facilitates both affective and cognitive development.

Children are elevated into a world of fantasy and illusion, but also a world built on fact and nature. They start differentiating between fact and fiction, develop their intellectual. emotional, spiritual, and environmental intelligence. Therefore the earlier a child is introduced to literature and literacy, the earlier the child develops empathy and compassion and understands the effects of choices and decision making. It allows for bonding between parents or care givers and children and creates an aura of mutual trust. The child believes then, that the parent can effectively and affectively have a direct influence on his or her life.

The channels for questions, deeper thinking and intellectual advancement becomes expansive. Communication, language development , visualizing and effective listening skills are developed and expanded. The child is transformed  intrinsically and extrinsically from ordinary to extraordinary. There are positive changes in self image and confidence, especially when the mind is transported to a world of infinite possibilities.

Storytelling encouraged posterity of culture and history whereas reading aloud inspired holistic development from fantasy, fairy tales and dreams to tales and fables with a moral twist. Therefore the mind is actively engaged as the child learns sequencing and consequences.

Storytelling and Reading Aloud is on the brink of death unless we revive this vital art form.




WRAD World Read Aloud Day

Press release

For immediate release

16 February, 2017


Read aloud for literacy development this World Read Aloud Day
The national Nalíbali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is preparing to shatter its 2016 record and read aloud to at least half a million children across South Africa this World Read Aloud Day (WRAD), Thursday 16 February.


The campaign, along with pledging partners including the Department of Basic Education (DBE); the Department of Social Development; LIMA; LIASA; Rotary; Volkswagen South Africa; The Bookery; and Zisize Ingwavuma Educational Trust, aims to raise awareness among adults and caregivers of the vital role of reading aloud in children’s literacy development by issuing a brand new story and calling on its friends, partners and members of the public to join them in reading it out loud to children on the same day.
Last year, with the help of the nation, over 300 000 children heard a special story read to them in their own language and this year read-aloud sessions – big and small – are planned nationally. Some community reads will be led by Nali’bali, and others will be organised by members of the public with schools, libraries, fellow literacy organisations and non-profits joining in.


Reading aloud is an important building block in children’s literacy development: it shows them how stories work; it teaches that reading and stories can be meaningful and satisfying; it offers an opportunity for adults and children to connect and get to know each other in relaxed ways, and, when read in home languages, it builds the foundations that children will need to learn a second language. This is particularly vital for school children making the transition from instruction in their home language to English in Grade 4.


“Nal’ibali sees World Read Aloud Day as one of the most important events on our calendar,” says Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali Managing Director. “Children who are immersed in great and well-told stories – in languages they understand – become inspired and are motivated to learn to read for themselves.”



For Nal’ibali, one of the most important components of WRAD is the way that the day ignites a groundswell of reading:

“Everyone can join in and be part of an initiative that benefits each and every one of us,” said Ben Rycroft, Head of Communications at Nal’ibali.  “This is just the beginning. We are confident that people will realise that reading aloud is fun as well as meaningful, and will continue throughout the year.”


“Being able to enjoy a story in your own language is really special. We hope to hear echoes of the story in different languages and in different voices as the adults and caregivers around us take up the call to read aloud. ” concludes Jacobsohn.



To take part in World Read Aloud Day 2017, fill in the pledge form and access this year’s special story at and  You can also follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter: nalibaliSA.




For media interviews please contact Petunia Thulo at 021 556 4777 or email at


Notes to editors: World Read Aloud Day background

Each year Nal’ibali sends out a call to all their partners to join them in celebrating this day and help pass on the power of reading aloud. Now, Nal’ibali is extending the invitation once again as they attempt to break their 2016 record of reading aloud to 510 000 children – something Nal’ibali can do with your help!

The story will be available in a digital format in all 11 official South African languages and related activity ideas as well as tips on reading aloud can be accessed from the website