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Things I Have Learned About Having Malaria and Typhoid At The Same Time

Dear Mom, WE’RE ALL ABSOLUTELY FINE. Now. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you at the time, but I thought you’d had enough to fret about this month, what with Ruby in hospital and all four of us down with some … Continue reading

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A Birthday to Remember

We arrived in Balmer, San Pédro on the evening of the day we were diagnosed with typhoid, 7th June. Zola was far more concerned with how many days remained till his 10th birthday – as is traditional in the Sampson … Continue reading

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Things I Have Learned About Typhoid

We spent a week recuperating Chez Jules. We parked the truck right next to his boma so all Ruby had to do was crawl outside and lie in the shade. After the two intravenous drips at the hospital, she now … Continue reading

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Things I Have Learned About Malaria

By the next afternoon, Ruby was sitting up next to me on the bed as I worked, playing Uno with Zola, and then putting make-up on him because she was so bored with resting. It seemed she’d returned to full force, … Continue reading

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Côte d’Ivoire: Just Grand

We immediately liked Côte d’Ivoire. It was emptier, cleaner, greener than Ghana. It was also poorer, but prouder – dust was being swept outside roadside stalls again. There were no more piles of rubble or tacky advertising hoardings. It was … Continue reading

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