NAIROBI- ‘The War Zone’

A man bumps into me and I nearly lose my balance. Before I can regain my footing a middle aged woman who is wildly swinging her hands nearly destroys…

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Uwase… (part 1)

“I may have processed more than enough details in the first few seconds but who was I to say no to such a delectable feast of optical nutrition. Who was I? I dug right in, knife and fork hacking away.”

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the inferno… (part 2)

Their stomachs were tied up in knots. Most jaws dropped and eyeballs popped at the unfolding scenario. Some could barely watch. The crazy woman had signed her death wish by running back into the burning building. It was only a matter of time before the beams gave way and the whole structure descended on her….

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A choice of no choice

A twig snapped and Uwase was jerked awake. She instantly knew the worst was unfolding and all her senses sprang into full alert. She shook her snoring brother awake. It was time to flee. Tossing a few things into a tattered bag she led her sleepy brother through the back door and into the pitch…

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‘kumi kumi’ on the rocks

My heart throbbed with excitement as we made our way to the land of ‘Kumi Kumi’. The journey seemed to take ages but we finally got to the small dusty village tucked neatly away in Central Kenya. I was immediately taken aback by the first sight. Men’s bodies were littered on the streets and lay…

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Lipa Kama Tender

He was shaking uncontrollably. Incessant spasms racked his body. Beads of sweat streamed down his face. He was curled up on the floor, writhing in agony. The bandage that straddled his wound was slowly falling off, revealing a steady trickle of blood. He was at a supposedly top hospital in Nairobi, but no one gave…

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The Inferno

‘Slowly she crawled towards the main door, leaving her child in the mercy of the fire…’   The screams jolted her awake. Groggily she opened her eyes. What she saw struck fear into her heart. For a few seconds, she was too dazed to move. She was transfixed on her bed, unable to move a…

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Flirting with a Grenade…

…the bus conductor wet his pants. When the man removed the pin from the grenade, they all knew it was all over” She thought nothing of the bulge around the man’s midsection. It looked like a normal potbelly, well not so normal, but a potbelly nonetheless. Her thoughts were elsewhere, in a very distant place….

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Maybe, Maybe Not…(part 2)

The damn car refused to stop. He mumbled a brief prayer. Perhaps God would be in a forgiving mood. Her eyes were shut. Her muscles were numb. Her feet wobbled and clattered against each other. Her heart palpitated like Brazilian samba drums. Blood raced in her veins like frightened wild horses. Her jaw was clenched…

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Maybe, Maybe Not…(part 1)

He took another gulp. The alcohol stung his throat. The sting felt good. Something ahead on the road froze his blood. He was drunk. Angry and drunk. A bottle of whiskey was on the passenger seat. It was half full. He took another swig. He pressed down on the accelerator. Perhaps speed would help. His…

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