Today, I feature a blog by the name Story Zetu where I discovered a variety of short stories that left me breathless, amused, and thoughtful. I stumbled on it when I was researching Spoken Word Events in Nairobi, and got hooked by the short stories and the views of the writers at Story Zetu. The blog as a whole deserves a visit and exploration from you. I chose one of the short stories available by name of Fatima for the Short Stories Week Feature.
by Hellen Masido
The dusty terrain became more and more beige as the sun rose higher across the vast landscape of sand and scanty acacia. They were here. Ahmed sat up straighter, his aching back cracking in relief. They drove past the first of many white tents that stretched on either side of the bus windows. Dadaab.
Ahmed squinted as the white triangles increased and expanded and with the bus going so fast, he begun feeling dizzy so he sat back and took a deep breath. This was his destination for the second time round. He didn’t like to remember the first time. This second time however, he had everything planned to the last minute detail because there was no room for a slip.
And now here he was; executing what he had been planning for years! He should be thrilled but he felt sick. Now that he was here, the reality of what he was about to do sunk in his tummy like a blob of excess green bile.
Short Stories Week Review
This story caught my attention and wouldn’t let go. Ahmed and Chris are volunteering at the Dadaab camp for three weeks, but Ahmed is also at the camp to find a young woman named Fatima. He promised her he’d come back for her, but he is seven years late. The question Ahmed has is whether he can find Fatima, and if he does, will she agree to the plan he’s hatched to get her out?
I love the scenery Ms. Masido invokes in this tale, and I’d love to see what else Ahmed has been up to since he’s arrived at the camp. And has he found Fatima? What about Chris who has a great sense of humor in the face of Ahmed’s anxiety. This story is unique, and refreshing, and that makes it all the more reason to keep watching out for more. It tackles a topic currently top on everyone’s mind. The reality of illegal immigrants, Fighting for Freedom and the reality faced by refugees from war torn regions. I’d love to read more of the story and find out the struggles Ahmed faces in finding his Fatima.
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