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Schoolbus (6)

  By Lerato Mensah-Aborampah, Lesotho “Calculate the mass of potassium hydroxide that needs to be used to prepare 500 cubic centimetres of 2 mole cubic decimetres solution of water-” “Wait, wait Rapelang! Let me read it myself please!” Palesa interrupts my reading from the Physical Science Chemistry text book. She furrows her brows and reads her own text book in silence. […]

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Schoolbus (5)

  By Lerato Mensah-Aborampah, Lesotho I could barely focus on anything when I got home on Monday, after that somewhat tense conversation with Palesa on the bench. The stitching process is taking longer than I thought.  I still got a number of loose threads. What in the world was she talking about? What happened at her old school? Whatever it is, […]

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Kitty the Kitten

By Katiso Thatho, Lesotho “Mosia Motobatsi.” That is what her mother always called her. Being from a family of Basia,who venerate the cat, it was almost fated that she would develop a liking towards the animal. From the moment she could talk, young Senate had always wanted to have a cat of her own and was rather vocal with her requests. […]

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Schoolbus (4)

  By Lerato Mensah-Aborampah, Lesotho I am helping Palesa Tefo with Chemistry today this afternoon. It is Monday and a week or so since she asked me to help her with Chemistry. We were not able to make time the whole of last week because of the football practices I had every day, because we had a friendly match with Bokamoso […]

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Schoolbus (3)

    By Lerato Mensah-Aborampah, Lesotho My 5:00 alarm rang too soon today. I need some twenty-four more hours of nothing but indulging myself in this blissful concept called sleep. That is exactly what I need. My sister is sitting across our kitchen table, looking, if anything like the jolliest and the-most not-tired person in the world. She is holding her […]

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Schoolbus (2)

By Lerato Mensah-Aborampah, Lesotho The bus stops, rather abruptly, as the red light pops up. Palesa does not move. She is still staring out the window. I cast a subtle glance at her hands that are holding on to her backpack on her laps. They are short and coated with transparent glossy nail polish. I know because my sister does the […]

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School Bus (1)

  By Lerato Mensah-Aborampah, Lesotho “Hey, how you doing?” I ask her as soon as I settle in the seat beside her. The engine of our old and weary school bus is beginning to run, emitting a loud and annoying noise that always, for some reason, makes me think of an old man sitting on the verandah, with this persistent and […]

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No Real Heroes (Finale)

  By Katiso Thatho, Lesotho Not knowing whether he’d been threatened or warned, Thuso was left stunned as the second officer made his exit. Thuso’s sister came back into the room. “What did they want?” she enquired. “Oh nothing, they were just taking my statement.” He replied. Several days passed and he was discharged from the hospital. He still had […]

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A Man’s Tears (Finale)

    By Katiso Thatho, Lesotho For some reason he found a lot of comfort in the friendship of this young teenage boy whom he had only known for a few hours. After finishing their breakfast the two began to chat for a while. Rex told Hopolang all about his life. How he had lived at his grandmother’s with his […]

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A Man’s Tears (2)

  By Katiso Thatho, Lesotho The booze finally kicked in and the racket became the most beautiful sound he had ever heard. He hobbled and swayed his way to the dance floor for a while, but then after one or two songs, everything became a blur. One minute he had his arms wrapped around a woman with a rather wide […]

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