By Susan Muaddi Darraj
An excerpt from A Curious Land:
When Rabab reduced the magad and clapped-clapped to the good in her mother’s too-big slippers, the stone jar digging into her shoulder, she didn’t, before everything, see the physique. The morning sunlight glazed every little thing round her—the cement houses, the iron rails alongside one wall, the bars at the home windows, the stones round the well—and made her squint her itchy eyes.
She was once hungry. That used to be all.
They’d arrived the following simply final evening, preventing once Awwad and the boys have been definite the military had moved south. It should have been the 3rd time in precisely a number of weeks—collapse the tents, load the mules, disappear into the sands. She was hoping this battle might finish quickly, and she or he didn’t rather care who gained, so long as it ended simply because they hadn’t eaten good in years. some time past few months, her mom had offered all her gold, apart from her bracelet made up of liras. It was once the one factor left, and he or she was once keeping onto it, and Rabab learned, so have been all of them; she imagined that, the day it was once bought, whilst her mother’s wrist was once naked, may sign that they have been on the end.
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