My worst day in lifetime

Abdi Fatah Jama Afrah

One day when I went to school it was raining very heavily so students could not come, so when I reached the school I was wet I saw that there were no students in the school. It was evening, so I felt lonely and it was very cold. After some time I decided to go home and rest. On my way home the rain began again. Now it was almost dark and nobody was moving. The steps were hard so I tried to escape the rain under a big acacia tree. I never knew who was there but unfortunately there was a dead man who was being killed by thieves and was sleeping beside me. When the rain stopped two police men approached me and asked me who killed this man? I said I don’t know. Then they took me to the police station and I spent two nights there. That was my worst day in my lifetime.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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