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As Bad a Day as This

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: “You never hear the shot that takes you down”. These words are not famous, but they resound for me in a way that popular platitudes and hackneyed phrases never can. They represent a truth that I have known since I was a teenager and one that I have lived by for almost two decades. Simply put, […]

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An Inconvenient It (continued)

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: …continued. “You idiot!” she cut in, “Listen! What do you hear? Could it be the crying of my baby? The same baby who's been giving me endless sleepless nights and hasn't left my side since he was born? The same baby who's here with me! How on Earth could you even think that I'd just leave […]

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An Inconvenient It

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: I don't like people. I find them annoying at best. Everyone who knows me knows this and they recognise that any incidence in which we interact should be as short as possible, with only the bare necessary in vocal exchange between us. Fortunately, despite what some would cite as paradoxically aggressive misanthropy, I have managed to […]

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Anywhere

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: “Will you remember me? On those days when he’s gone off to one of those other girls and you’re left alone in the big, lonely house…will you remember me? Will you remember the times we had and that you will always have my heart?” She winced at my question, almost as if it caused her physical […]

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How to kill a Holy Man (continued)

By Sir Amos Mwine, Uganda: Lucas couldn't restrain his happiness. Quite promptly, he had shot up from his chair so much so that he had toppled it behind. With a sinister smile now, his face beamed with expectation. Finally, he thought, the truth will be revealed. Everyone had thought the lanky man was surely heading to the pulpit but instead, […]

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How to kill a Holy Man

By Sir Amos Mwine, Uganda: By now, the death of the great man had spread far and wide, and the sorrow that came with it filled the hearts of friends and family just as those very people were now slowly and gradually filling the massive auditorium of the New Canaan Cornerstone church.  This morning service housed the rich and elite, […]

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Into the darkness

By Mulumba Ivan Matthias, Uganda: He dragged his feet, praying that they wouldn’t fail him. It was ten minutes past four in the morning, by his watch, and yet he was still out. He studied his clothes, a long sleeved blue shirt and a pair of jeans. They were wrinkled with traces of dirt. What a day! He thought. He had […]

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Daddy Issues

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: 'Don't go daddy, please stay with me.' She sobbed. 'You can always come to see me baby girl, my house is yours.' 'But I want you to stay here with mummy. I want to live with both of you.' Their eyes met at the top of Abigail's head. Her mother knelt down and held her as […]

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Waiting

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: It's been three months since I last saw you but it feels longer. The days roll over side by side and lose themselves in sums of numbers, hours, minutes. I keep telling myself I should not count the time spent apart from you but I can't help it. Every bone in my body believes it should […]

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Lorraine’s Letter

I remember that day so clearly and the thought of it still puts my stomach in knots. You got to the restaurant first which was unusual because in the three years we had been together you were never early. You were always late and I used to hate it. We used to fight about it all the time. But in […]

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