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Rapunzel felt like the luckiest girl in Narnia Her relationship with Thomas was moving forward, she was meeting extraordinary people, and she would soon be moved out of her tower. What more could she possibly want? The energetic blonde rose from her bed and walked towards her bathroom to brush her teeth. Grabbing the tooth brush, she placed it under the faucet, running water on the brissels before covering it with toothpaste. When she looked towards the mirror, she let out a shrill scream. She wasn’t able to see her reflection in the mirror, and she realized that she couldn’t see herself at all. 

Running out of her bathroom, she quickly climbed out of her window and jumped down. As fast as she could, she ran to Cair Paravel. Although she was in her pajamas, no one would be able to see her. “Excuse me, anyone!” she nervously spoke. “Can anyone see me? Can anyone hear me?”

May 18, 1916 - Kut Prisoner Column Reaches Baghdad

Pictured - British and Indian prisoners after the fall of Kut.

The Anglo-Indian prisoners taken at the fall of Kut were sent on a horrific march to captivity in Anatolia.  Along the way, the starving and dysentery-ridden men were beaten, robbed, raped, and murdered.  On May 18 they reached Baghdad, where they were kept for three days in a prisoner compound lacking shade or even latrines. 

The American Consul in Baghdad, a Mr. Brissell, tried to help as many prisoners as he could by paying money to Turkish guards and authorities, leaning on them to have 500 of the prisoners sent to hospital.  The men released were then marched to Basra, where they could return to British lines.  Still, 160 of them died along the way.  The survivors who made it to Basra were forbidden to speak of what they had endured at the hands of their Turkish and Arab captors, lest the men still in captivity be killed.