The End of the Tunnel

2014 Third Place Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: Ethiopia
Publisher: 
CODE-Ethiopia
Pages: 
144
Fiction
Paperback
ISBN: 
978-99944-876-8-4
Price: 
$20.00

Adane wondered why his brothers did not pity him. He thought they were unfair. He even believed God was unfair, and, sometimes, he wished he had died. However, when he thought about killing himself, he would be terrified. 'Why do I want to be dead and I am afraid of dying at the same time?' he would ask himself. He would then recall his sheep running away at the sight of a creeping wolf: 'Maybe we all are created to fear death,' he concluded.

Adane's elder brother, Shimelis, had told him that he did not belong to the family. "There lived a slave who was bought a long time ago," Shimelis said. "She gave birth to you, and since she was too poor to raise you, she wrapped you with cow skin, went to the gorge and put you near the river. You were very fortunate that my father found you before you were dead or eaten by a hyena, and he brought you home. That is why you have the darkest skin." That story sometimes crept into his head like a dark cloud.

 

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Adane wondered why his brothers did not pity him. He thought they were unfair. He even believed God was unfair, and, sometimes, he wished he had died. However, when he thought about killing himself, he would be terrified. 'Why do I want to be dead and I am afraid of dying at the same time?' he would ask himself. He would then recall his sheep running away at the sight of a creeping wolf: 'Maybe we all are created to fear death,' he concluded.

Adane's elder brother, Shimelis, had told him that he did not belong to the family. "There lived a slave who was bought a long time ago," Shimelis said. "She gave birth to you, and since she was too poor to raise you, she wrapped you with cow skin, went to the gorge and put you near the river. You were very fortunate that my father found you before you were dead or eaten by a hyena, and he brought you home. That is why you have the darkest skin." That story sometimes crept into his head like a dark cloud.

 

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