Category: Reflections

Reflections

Hate

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Every single man I did get to know filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face. But because I am a woman I have never had the courage to lift my hand.” – Nawal El Saadawi, Woman at Point Zero It is difficult not to […]

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Migrant Integration Lab: The most Important Challenge is in France

  By Nadia Henni-Moulaï Migrant Integration Lab is a global European device dedicated to the sustainable integration of migrants and ethnic minorities. Laura Petrache, one of the organizers, answered our questions. Q: Could you explain to us what Migrant Integration Lab is? A: The migrant crisis has been one of the most prominent issues faced by European Union. We think […]

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Freelance Lover

    By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Often times you wonder why people are so crazy about love. You wonder why they pretend like love is the best gift God gave to men when they know it’s not true. You know that very well. You are well into your third decade of life and you can’t get over how people […]

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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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For the Love of the Game (8)

  By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa “If you weren’t already married I’d say marry her son, such a beauty!” Jokes the old woman who has been the sweetest host since their arrival. Sibongile blushes while Njabulo laughs out loud. The Rock scans Sibongile up and down as he says; “Son, are you really going around with a beautiful woman like […]

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The Unquotable Stance

  By Damali of Kyanjja I have not always been comfortable with silence, and in fact, I am still quite on my way to fully embracing it. From my experience, silence has meant the unresponsive grave of my mother, a friendship gone wrong, a relationship that was ended with surgical precision, a family member’s cancer diagnosis, being made aware of […]

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Letter to my Love

  By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda My love, Through thick and thin we held on to this relationship because we had love. You were it for me and I was the same for you. We fought and cried and made up and laughed. I hope you know my last thoughts of you weren’t good. They were bitter. Because you know me. […]

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Letters to my Daughter (4): Surviving

      By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa Dear Daughter, Once you get older you’ll realize that life is a battlefield You need to be strong Mentally, physically, and socially You don’t need to fight with fists Let your mind be wise enough Your words powerful enough And your body strong enough to walk away Walking away isn’t a weakness […]

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