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Dry Drowning

The less said, the better. In these parts; the south of the Mediterranean and to the east of the Atlantic, words stringed together in sentences are potent weapons. ‘Mama’ has a long list of 'sons' who have lost their identity…
Mark Odoom
July 25, 2019
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Phone Conversation

“How are you?” he asks. He always asked that. You answer, “Fine.” You always answer with fine. “School?” “Fine.” He mumbles something incoherent. You itch your ear and study your toes. “Give the phone to your mummy.” You've been waiting…
Kummi Olamiju
July 25, 2019
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Sailing

We sailed in silence, everybody, clutching unto what mattered most. For me it was a brown duffel bag, wrapped and wrapped again for safety, some held the limbs of their last surviving children and others held their lives or what…
Kay Ugwuzor
July 25, 2019

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