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Short Stories, Tale Africa

Torn (5)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: Many people don’t understand my relationship with Sipho. He’s the one person who understands me completely. We met when I was 19, my first year in varsity. I’d already been to juvenile prison and a mental institution. He was my first boyfriend, first friend, and the first family member of my own choosing. I was […]

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By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: The third time I was 16 years old, my body was fully developed and I was a full blown mapakisha. I still didn’t have any real friends, except my dad. That year my mother got promoted and become the matron at our nearest hospital. My father was a teacher, which meant he had more time […]

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By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: The second time I was 10 years old. My breasts were starting to develop, so was the pubic hair. I grew up very quickly, my body became old when my mind was still very young. That night I had fallen asleep on the chair. My room has a study desk where I spend most of […]

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By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: “What happened to her, Lebo?” “Sipho, I don’t know what to say anymore. She just had one of her episodes.” “She said she killed them, who are they?” I shake my head. “What if she really did kill people? What are we going to do, Lebo?” What else can I say? I’ve been in this […]

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Poetry, Tale Africa

Buried in my Backyard

By Philani Tyson Nombika, South Africa: We are known for our lightness Sun absorbing skin we smile the loudest Deafening pulse our hearts know these streets will never forgive us For we have given the most tender parts of us We have surrendered our souls to belong in these corners that tear holes in our pocket so they stay empty […]

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