WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SCHOOL SHOES?

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SCHOOL SHOES?

 By Mwiya Kawanambulu

What happened to the school shoes?

The school shoes that belong to the sad 8 year old who sits lonely on the desk in the front?

I heard his father was a poor peasant farmer who couldn’t afford to him shoes without starving his siblings.

What happened to the school shoes?

The pretty ribbon laced school shoes that belonged to the sad little fourth grader that sits in the front row?

I heard her mother sold tomatoes at the market and couldn’t afford to buy her new ones without sacrificing her Anti Retro Virals.

What happened to the school shoes that belong to the bright 12 year old seventh grader that sits closest to his teacher?

I heard his father won’t buy him any because he chooses education over tending the fields.

What happened to the school shoes that belong to the miserable looking ninth grader?

I heard she was raped by her uncle and she can’t afford to buy any without starving the innocent baby that was born out of rape and incest.

What happened to the school shoes?

 

 

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