The Maynard
Spring 2015

Surya Govender

White Socks

A young man, on the radio from Chechnya, describes being hit by sniper fire. A film student at the university, he laughs about how the footage was caught on amateur video and played later on BBC International. How he watched himself be blown up. This man who has lost his legs remembers the colour of his socks in the retelling. And I am sitting across the table from his voice as he laughs. Telling me what it is like to get dressed every morning and walk out into war.