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Poetry, Tale Africa

In His Memory…

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: I met this guy, So amazing he was, With a smile so wide it made me weak in the knees. His eyes…. So sweet Made me sweet Made me sweat — he had small eyes. See those kind that make you confess? He drove me crazy in every sense Made me dizzy, So blizzard with […]

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Redemption (Finale)

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: I've been out on nights like these many times in my life. The cool air always stings when your drunk off your rocker. It's as if nature herself is slapping you in the face, caressing you with laughing fingers. I'd often wake up with a slight cold, my body worn from having to weather both my […]

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The Doctor’s View: Of Shadows That Haunt My Steps

By Denise Kavuma, Uganda: Every now and then new diseases are discovered and while some are named thus just so the pharmaceutical companies can get every last penny out of gullible individuals, others are simply just a way for the world to define something they don't understand. I verily discovered one such condition recently and I'm well on my way […]

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Reflections

Dear Life

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: Dear Life I have tried I don't think there is anyone on this earth That has cried as much as I have So many tears in the name of love I tried so hard, to give I gave too much for I have nothing left The feeling of having you in me used to give […]

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Umlazi Gangster

By Collin Mfayela, South Africa: “Have you ever served? I have. Ten years. East Africa, mostly. It’s almost impossible to describe the horror. I was a military escort for a white doctor in Tanzania. Rebels attacked our position in the Serena Village. It was night-time. They laid waste to everything and fled. Doctor was shot, twice; once in the stomach, […]

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Redemption (Part 11)

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: There’s a clinical detachment about hospitals that I’ve always found unnerving. My first experience with it was when Kaz was hospitalised for a few days after what I assume was one of his father’s worse beatings. The sickly, sticky scent of chemicals clung to my nose, and as I looked down at my friend’s swollen, unconscious […]

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My Love

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: Demons hovering around mists of slavery Mind meandering through evil dust Slavery of darkness alienating light As light seeks to kill the strength and demolish the wishes At the end of the day Brain-eating thoughts stampeding my head You… Me… Shadows of our spirits Though the light us bringeth together, Darkness strengthened our bond We […]

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Redemption (Part 10)

By Cynthia Ayeza, Uganda: The morning was beautiful and warm…and still. No birds chirping. Baaba had not woken up after she last slipped in to what seemed like a light sleep. “No one would ever know. She had to protect Patrick”, she thought. The usually siren-laden hospital, with excited voices, coupled with occasional interruptions by a hallucinating patient all escaped […]

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Series, The Doctor's View

The Doctor’s View: Hospital Martial Arts

By Denise Kavuma, Uganda: Dealing with patients who have acute psychosis can get complicated but it's far more challenging when you mix with it a physical illness of sorts. It then comes close to the type of fictional cases Dr. House would be looking to solve; are there 2 separate diseases or is the medical illness causing the psychosis? Perhaps there […]

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