Bullied survivor opens up

2017-07-25 06:01
Photo: suppliedSandhir Sewmungal is the author of The Unknown Journey.

Photo: suppliedSandhir Sewmungal is the author of The Unknown Journey.

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THE debut novel The Unknown Journey, by bullied survivor and activist Sandhir Sewmungal, tells of his journey of overcoming the epidemic affecting many people today.

Sewmungal said that throughout his high-school days, from 2007 to 2011, he was bullied.

“I was bullied verbally with all the name calling and was verbally lashed out at for no reason. I was also physically assaulted many times. In my Grade 10 year I was beaten severely. And I was cyber bullied — the bullies bullied me over Facebook and even made a group about me on Facebook. They told me and my family over Facebook that they didn’t want me in the school and that they would hit us,” he said.

The survivor said that bullying was destroying him and taking his happiness away.
“Sadly, the school failed to help and protect me because it did not know how to deal with the incidents or did not do anything at all.

“In my Grade 11 year I couldn’t tolerate being bullied anymore. I was angry and always frustrated. I began to put pen to paper and started writing about everything I had gone through while being bullied at school.

“I found that writing was a way to calm me down and get my life in control again,” he said.

In 2014, he finally published The Unknown Journey.

“I believe my book is a possible solution that tackles bullying as it encourages people to read and gain an idea of just how the victim feels and how it can destroy a person.

“I reach out to schools and communities and do book launches and give talks on bullying too.

“I even joined an anti-bullying club — Chauncey’s Epic Anti Bullying campaign (based in Cape Town) — and whenever I get the chance I go to Cape Town and with the team, we go to schools and talk about bullying.”

Sewmungal believes that everyone has an important role to play when it comes to this issue, of helping the youth and assuring them that people are here to help them if they are being bullied.

He encourages victims to speak up about it or even contact anti-bullying activists like himself to talk about bullying at their school.

“After all, if we share our knowledge and experience of the topic it will help another person.”

Visit Sewmungal’s Facebook page on https://m.facebook.com/theunknownjourney/?ref=bookmarks.

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