My labor, my parts, hands off.

" How is a woman expected to lead a man?" Jauntily snickering between each word. An existential question sprung on me, first thing in the morning, by a friend whom it would be impossible to escape due to our assignment. We stood at a water pump, on a dirt road pressed into an obstacle ridden mystery trail that connects thousands of people in an inconceivably narrow yet packed neighborhood. A kind of gunk shot up my throat. Idled in my cheek, right at the edge of the lips. A cataclysm wiping out edifices of decorum built on decades of conditioning. The contempt was viscous. Belittling smiles, grimaces, head nods of affirmation, contents a know-it-all finds surveying his toolbox on the brink of annihilating hi...

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Burundians in Nairobi

Space Lounge sits on Ngong Road, just up from the Prestige Shopping Center. It’s really just a small yard covered with a tent of purple, yellow, green and red fabric. The path that leads to it is usually muddy, thanks to the steady stream of water that escapes from the Capricorn Carwash next door. The restaurant is outfitted with benches that are metallic black with red cushions. There is a row of high tables with bar stools, occupied on this night – and probably always – by men deep in conversation. But these modest flourishes conceal the place’s magic: the authentic Rwandan and Burundian food they serve is sublime – especially for patrons like me, who are hungry for a taste of our childhoods. I have come her...

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Holiday in the Comoros?

I had booked a flight toComoros for the 21st to the 26th of December. Themotivation: fight loneliness during a period which crystallizes togetherness (love,gifts, family gatherings) . In my mind it would serve as the perfect distraction; thepristine beaches, hills and lush greenery culminating to fill my heart withsomething other than pangs brought on by wishing to be with my family. I was alsomotivated to jump on the occasion to book this holiday because of the veryattractive cost of tickets for what is otherwise known as the ‘high season’. Ibooked through a mobile application a return ticket for approximately 267Euros. The worries may have started thenbut I never really stopped to think twice. ...

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