WE HAVE SUFFERED.
WE HAVE STARVED.
WE HAVE WATCHED OUR CHILDREN FIGHT TO THE DEATH FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S OWN ENTERTAINMENT.
FOR 76 YEARS, THE CAPITOL HAS TAKEN THE LIVES OF 23 INNOCENT CHILDREN EACH YEAR.
AND IN RETURN, YOU MAY OR MAY NOT STARVE TO DEATH.
KATNISS: The Capitol keeps us from having enough food, so we are constantly at their mercy.We experienced that a lot in my District, and no one seemed to care that we were dying.”
WITH THE 74TH HUNGER GAMES, PANEM HAD SEEN A CARING AND COMPASSION THEY HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE. A YOUNG GIRL FROM DISTRICT 12, KATNISS EVERDEEN, SHOWED THE CAPITOL AND THE COUNTRY THAT WE DESERVE TO BE TREATED WITH RESPECT.
INTERVIEWER: So Katniss, what was going through your mind when this all first started? Back when you volunteered for your sister?
KATNISS: Well, it just didn’t seem real. But she was called, and my job is to protect her. I couldn’t let her go into the games. I knew she might not make it out. So I volunteered for her, even though I was certain that I wasn’t going to make it out either.
INTERVIEWER: That was very brave of you. Not many people do that. Now let’s talk about your first games. You became allies with a little girl named Rue. Could you tell us what happened?
KATNISS: Yes.. Rue was screaming for help and by the time I saved her from a trap, another tribute threw a spear through her. She was so scared. I told her she was going to be okay… anything to comfort her. But she knew. It was so hard to try to be strong for her when all I wanted to do was cry over her. She was just a little girl. She told me I had to win, and asked me to sing a song to her. I sang her a song from my district, a song I often sing to my little sister when she’s scared, until Rue had taken her last breath. I was so enraged to see a child die like that. She didn’t deserve it. She was just an innocent girl. It was like watching my little sister get murdered by the Capitol. I couldn’t save Rue, so I gave her what I could. I surrounded her body with wildflowers, to show her some respect, and show the people watching how wrong this all was, before the Capitol shipped her body off in a box labeled “head” and “feet” back to her family.
INTERVIEWER: I think you gave people hope that there was still something good in us, that we deserved better than this, that Rue deserved better than this. We saw that there was nothing but compassion in your heart when you did that. You showed everyone that you see how wrong this is, and in a way, that you are better than the Capitol, in the sense that you are much more humane. It was a really beautiful thing you did.
KATNISS: I’ll never forget her.
INTERVIEWER: So you win the Games, but you find out that you will be in the Quarter Quell with Peeta. And you two are engaged when the whole country finds out that you’re pregnant. Everyone was devastated. They love you, they love Peeta, and they loved that baby. They really didn’t want the risk of losing the baby by having you go into the Quarter Quell. Panem had began to spark with rebellion, and the rebellion really burst into flames when you escaped from the arena. Unfortunately, you have lost the baby and I’m very sorry for that.
KATNISS: Thank you.
INTERVIEWER: We were all devastated. And now you are separated from Peeta, correct?
KATNISS: That’s correct. He’s being held hostage, along with Johanna and others.
INTERVIEWER: Oh my, and is he okay?
KATNISS: We don’t really know..
INTERVIEWER: I’m so sorry. I’m afraid that’s all we have time for today. Everyone, Katniss Everdeen: The girl on fire!
KATNISS: People of Panem, we fight, we dare, we end our hunger for justice!