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Poetry, Tale Africa

Second Thoughts

By  Philani Tyson Nombika, South Africa: I have sleepless nights because I try to sleep less at night because every night feels like the memories you scratched into my back That I can’t go back to Every night every heartbeat beating itself up against these scars Because we are dancers to music composed by failed love attempts Out of tune […]

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Letter I Found

By Khethiwe Methula, South Africa: It’s late And i’m feeling light headed What could it be? Maybe I’m getting sick Nothing a trip can’t fix, I know… Don’t tell me a vacation will do good I’ve been there and came back tired I’m just tired I’m tired of having to figure out what’s going on here What’s going here, lest […]

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Series, The Doctor's View

The Doctor’s View: Fighting Death's Sting

By Denise Kavuma, Uganda: Life is annoyingly unpredictable and for those of us who survive solely on the straining but tight grip we have on whatever control we can garner, this volatility can be quite devastating. I once had a love for pregnant women and wanted to spend my life helping them but passion sometimes burns itself out and after […]

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Stranger!

By Khethiwe Methula, South Africa: Never talk to strangers, mom said Words I heard so many times Words I kept engraved in me So I don’t experience the unknown I’ve been warned of But I did, yes I did. He said he’ll drop me last School is 20 minutes away He said he needed to talk to mom I was told […]

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Series, The Doctor's View

The Doctor’s View: Hospital Hierarchy

By Denise Kavuma, Uganda: “The patient is your boss.” I felt my eyes widen at the statement as everything in me rebelled at the idea. Everyone else in the meeting-room remained in the same positions with looks of boredom which had been the dominant expression on their faces for the past hour or so. Even Batman would have been impressed […]

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Short Stories, Tale Africa

The Maiden and The Bear

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: “My friend you should really consider going to the reed dance this year,” Makhosazane says, as she helps me put my water bucket on my head. She is saying this for the tenth time this morning alone. We started off by fetching wood in the early hours of the morning, went home to make fire […]

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