This week I'm once again visiting the Woyingi Blog and all the awesome links to writings by African authors. From Botswana comes Wame Molefhe and her short story "Where is the Rain?" (Scroll down on the page and you can download a free Word document of the story.)
Louis Vuitton bags and hangings. These two images from Molefhe's story really stuck out for me, and as such seemed to comment on how different Botswana is from Canada. I hear hangings and I think of the 1800s, I hear of Louis Vuitton bags and I think of the 1990s. That both could occur in the same time frame is a little jarring for me.
"Where is the Rain?" is about a woman whose son has been sentenced to death for murdering his girlfriend, a girl whom she had deemed not good enough for her son.
For all the differences in capital punishment between our two countries, the human emotion is still the same. Certainly many Canadian mothers would feel the same way about their sons' choices in women, certainly many older generation Canadians would feel that the younger generation is immoral. Most probably wouldn't attribute a drought to society's ills, but that's the other half that makes the story so compelling.
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