Thursday, October 11, 2007

From the Diaries of Babu Njie

The entry for October 11th consists of only one paragraph:

Today I saw a goat being hit by a van outside the gates of Gambia High. The van drove away, leaving the goat to lie on the ground with its forehead split open, its brains dribbling out as it twitched, twitched. I stood next to a 5-year-old kid and we watched it slowly die. People passed it without remark. At the side of the road, some sheep unconcernedly went on eating their grass breakfast. Finally an apprentice got out of a stopped van, took the goat by the hind-legs, and threw it into the grass at the side of the road. It had stopped twitching. The apprentice got back in the van and went away. The sheep went on eating. The kid looked at me, then ran across the road into Gambia High. Then I got into a van and went to work.

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