Tuesday Shorts: Wiped Out – Baeletsi Tsatsi

She stands there. Alone. Everything has been wiped off. Her grandmother’s house. Even the old tree that has always been there has fallen and clearly it too was wiped off the surface.

“They burned down the village” her mother had said when she called. She knew that her birth place was small but she never thought that it could be burned down in one day. Those who know say it was burned down in less than two hours. Now where there was once a village is just black ground ash blowing in the air. All because of greedy men who wanted to dig gold in a place that carried memories. A village people lived in. The only place she knew as home. And no one had survived. Wiped out, that is what the newspaper articles said.




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