Month: July 2016

Series, The Doctor's View

The Doctor’s View: The Drug Battle

By Denise Kavuma, Uganda: And now, we shall talk about something more frightening and a million times more personal than what I've been talking about so far. This happened at the beginning of internship and frightened me more than I thought was possible. The hazards of medical care far outweigh those of many professions; even if you were a dragon-fighter, […]

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Babili (Part 5)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: “Babili?” I have been pacing up and down my bedroom since I got back from the doctor. I knew this visit would mess with my head, I’ve been dreading it for 3 months. Kefiloe had to threaten to take me there himself so I finally went. So they are two? Twins? That doctor has a […]

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Redemption (Part 8)

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: Is it possible for a man to believe in the devil when he knows God is a creation of man? I wouldn't have thought so…not until I saw that abomination that Baaba birthed. Shrivelled and ugly as all sin, it looked like the physical manifestation of everything I'd gone through these past 9 months. That creature […]

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Babili (Part 4)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: It's been a month since that disastrous night, just one month, and I feel like my life is running too fast for my own liking. That was the last day I saw Thabo, I haven't heard from him since. I knew that step I took out the door that night was the final step. I […]

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Redemption (Part 7)

By Cynthia Ayeza, Uganda: Baaba shot up into a sitting position, arms suddenly flinging wildly and setting off the beepers on the hospital machines. She began to reach for her chest, then her neck…gasping for air as if she couldn't get enough of it. Baaba began to cry. She was alive. “I am alive. I'm alive…I'm…alive…” she cried uncontrollably. The […]

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Babili (Part 3)

By Ayenziwe Mpila, South Africa: Seconds after I had left the door, Thabo comes running after me. He has something in his hands. “Please…keep it, I don't think I can anymore.” It's a pocket-photo of us. This just took me back to our happier space. Damn! Damn you Thabo, I thought. I look at the photo. We had just came […]

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Redemption (Part 6)

By Cynthia Ayeza, Uganda: I know I shouldn't have walked out but I had to. We had been clear about the future: no children! Period. I did not love Baaba. I do not think I love her. I am incapable of love – loving – or whatever it is people call it. I like her. But that is just about […]

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