Tag: Redemption

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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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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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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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Redemption (Part 9)

By Fungai Chigumbura, Zimbabwe: I knew I had messed up the moment Patrick opened the door and gave me that look. It was the same show of disappointment and mild disgust he had given me all seven times that he had bailed me out. That look cut through me every time; realising I had let down the one person who had […]

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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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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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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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Redemption (Part 3)

By Cynthia Ayeza, Uganda: Life is a gift. New life, even so. The thought that something…someone is growing in you – that you are manufacturing a human being. Making a baby can be fun – usually people aren't really necessarily setting out for that – of course some do. But for me, it was different. It was my first real […]

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