What did you say your Name was? – A Novel, Chapter 4

(Fiction)

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“Mr. Oben,” Kagiso said. “We are going to distribute mosquito nets today. Wear your sneakers. We’ll be walking a lot.”

Owen was assigned to work with Kagiso, a health care nurse. As a Peace Corps volunteer he was to help and otherwise act as an adviser. Kagiso was a pleasant middle-aged lady, with a slight heavy build and a ready smile.

Sometimes they took a bus, other times they walked. Most days they left early in the morning and returned late in the evening. The roads had plenty of colorful flowering trees. He was sad that widespread malaria, malnutrition, tuberculosis were so prevalent in a country with such natural splendor.

At first the local people were a bit uneasy talking with a white man. Kagiso talked to them in the native language. Owen’s easy going manners helped ease the preliminary uneasiness. The daily trips would be long and upon returning back to his room he wished he had someone to talk to about the events of the day. He thought of Rachel who was 35 miles away. He was renting a small cottage without electricity and running water. He cooked whenever he felt like it or ate out. There wasn’t much choice, even though Zomba was the capital of Malawi since the independence in 1964. To make a call he had to go to over to his host’s house and ask if he could use their phone.

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