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The proximity of distance

Tope Folarin. Photo©David FlemingIn the quick moments it took for her to move her head from one child, hers, to another, not hers, the love in her eyes would leap out and disappear.

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Overindulgence or Body Malaise? You be the judge

I am sick, sick as a dog and I don't even know what's up with me. My housemates at Morningside, where I am staying now, had to summon an ambulance one evening.

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Howl - Last word by Rotimi Babatunde

Rotimi Babatunde won the 2012 Caine Prize/Photo©All Right ReservedThe proprietor of the restaurant on the other side of the pond loved dogs, especially mature and well-fed ones like Jack.

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Last Word: A return to Mogadishu

ABDI LATIF DAHIR/Photo©All Rights ReservedThe plane came to land practically in the middle of nowhere.

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General Piso’s Justice: A story inspired by Seneca

Photo/ReutersOn the night the First Soldier returned late from furlough without the Second Soldier, his boon friend and companion, General Piso said he had to die.

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A question for the Gas Station Guy

The gas station guy who filled my tank this afternoon in a southern New Jersey town appeared very excited and so full of smile when I rolled down my window to speak with him – leaving me in a state of puzzlement.

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Addis Ababa (Part Three)

After Kampala, Shauna's humanitarian work takes her on another adventure to a Horn of Africa country, where, despite a recent media blitz over its food crisis, she finds herself eating sauce with truffles. In this three part series, Shauna visits Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, where she is accused of lèse majesty within diplomatic circles and discovers the taxi driving world of male chauvinists. But unlike Sophie, her colleague, she finds beauty.

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Addis Ababa (Part Two)

After Kampala, Shauna's humanitarian work takes her on another adventure to a Horn of Africa country, where, despite a recent media blitz over its food crisis, she finds herself eating sauce with truffles. In this three part series, Shauna visits Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, where she is accused of lèse majesty within diplomatic circles and discovers the taxi driving world of male chauvinists. But unlike Sophie, her colleague, she finds beauty.

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Addis Ababa (Part One)

After Kampala, Shauna's humanitarian work takes her on another adventure to a Horn of Africa country, where, despite a recent media blitz over its food crisis, she finds herself eating sauce with truffles. In this three part series, Shauna visits Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, where she is accused of lèse majesty within diplomatic circles and discovers the taxi driving world of male chauvinists. But unlike Sophie, her colleague, she finds beauty.

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Kampala (part one)

Shauna Mottiar recounts her experience in Uganda as a visiting Human Rights expert in this three part series. Her encounters with Verity, an outspoken researcher from a local NGO, and her remarkably disruptive hand bag and later Colonel Hugo, a retired English officer, mark the beginning of an exciting adventure.

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Kampala (part three)

Shauna Mottiar recounts her experience in Uganda as a visiting Human Rights expert in this three part series. Her encounters with Verity, an outspoken researcher from a local NGO, and her remarkably disruptive hand bag and later Colonel Hugo, a retired English officer, mark the beginning of an exciting adventure.

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Kampala (part two)

Shauna Mottiar recounts her experience in Uganda as a visiting Human Rights expert in this three part series. Her encounters with Verity, an outspoken researcher from a local NGO, and her remarkably disruptive hand bag and later Colonel Hugo, a retired English officer, mark the beginning of an exciting adventure.

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Sugar Girls & Seamen: A Journey into the World of Dockside Prostitution in South Africa

An extract from Henry Trotter's 2009 book: Sugar Girls & Seamen: A Journey into the World of Dockside Prostitution in South Africa, published by Jacana Media.

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Last Word: Love of a Fat Woman

When Godwin came home with his wife, his sisters hid their faces behind their hands as they said, "We're happy to meet you." He could hear their laughter bubbling underneath like a boil about to burst.

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