I’m writing this because it’s something I’ve never seen, and I guess that what travelling is about…
I was walking home after dinner, 8pm, it’s cold and raining, and I’m about 2 minutes from the hostel in the historical district in Poland.
All of a sudden a middle aged woman comes half running from the courtyard entrance of a block of flats. She is crying, looking as though she is in serious distress, holding a baby in one arm, and dragging a toddler in the other, toddler also crying.
A second later a brutish looking man emerges, they are clearly arguing.
I guess he is the partner/boyfriend/husband. He grabs her violently by the arm, she tries to get away but can’t, he starts to pull her back in to the flats and the toddler screams and cries, and starts to hit the man and tries to pull him off his mum. The whole thing is so fucked. The kid barely reached his mums waist and he is already completely afraid of this guy, and aware enough of how dangerous he is, to try and pull him away from his mum, obviously to no avail.
The man doesn’t seem to notice the kid and the woman quickly gives up trying to get away and walks back in to the flat followed closely by the man.
I was standing a few feet away, and a few people were nearby, a couple of guys walked past. All of them must have seen the whole thing as it happened so quickly but none even had a second look.
I stood watching, in case he hit her, at which point I feel I would have jumped in, but I did nothing.
I thought I heard the kid screaming after they had gone back inside the courtyard so I went in to check, but they were gone.
After I wondered if I should have done anything, grabbed the guy and let her leave, but i feel if she hadn’t managed to get away he would have beaten her harder when he got her back. And it would have been my fault. I’m assuming this guy beats this woman. I am pretty confident about that.
I suppose I’m writing this because I needed back up that I shouldn’t have done anything. So all the mums out there reading this, I was right right?