By: Anita O. Uzama

Case Manager


I went there today… I gazed at them all looking beautiful in their crisply clothes chattering and having smiles on their faces. I turned and went to the path leading to the stream. Mother was waiting for me to get water so we can prepare food and go to the market.


I compared my torn clothing which could be described as rags but I was happy I had them. The stream was empty today. Asmau quickly filled up her water pot and went home.


Mother said I should keep the water pot in the kitchen and keep it closed so that it be cold when we get back. At the market, I quickly sold the oranges on my tray and went back to mother. I did five trips and made lots of money. I was proud of myself. My savings will be increased as Mother has always encouraged me to save.

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We took the path leading through where I saw the children earlier. I paused and looked with great longing in my heart. Mother nudged me to move forward as I was delaying.


“Asmau, bring the bowl of water for your dad to wash his hands”. Father looked tired. I dropped the bowl of water and sat down to break the melon for tomorrow market. After eating, Father and Mother went inside the room.


I heard their raised voices and was worried. Father and Mother rarely raised their voices. They were always happy and able to make us feel important regardless of the circumstances. I laid down on my bed that night praying that father and mother will be fine.


“Asmau … Asmau… Asmau… wake up”. I woke up to see mother by my side. “Did you finish breaking the melon last night? mother asked. I responded with a nod as it was still early in the morning. “Go to your fathers’ room, he’s waiting for you”.


I saw father standing by the window. “Papa, Good morning”. He responded with a smile and pointed to the bed. “Asmau, I have something for you”. On the bed was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I saw a white shirt with a dark blue pinafore skirt and a pair of white socks and black sandals. I rubbed my eyes again to clear the little sleep in my eyes. Perhaps I was dreaming and needed to wake up.


Father looked at me with amusement in his eyes. I went closer, felt it and screamed for joy knowing I was going to school. I will no longer look from outside but I will wear the clothes, look crisply, neat and be in classes. I jumped on father, hugged him and ran to mother who was standing by the door. 


“Mummy, I am going to school”. “Yes, she replied. Get dressed quickly so you will not be late on your first day”. Mother took me to the Principal’s office where I was registered as a student. I was so eager to be in school that I ran off straight to the Assembly ground where other children were without saying goodbye to Mother. I was no longer an outsider but one of them.


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