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It was a warm September afternoon as I remember The sun at its daily path of declination towards the horizon and illuminating buildings in addition so was the shadows hanging loosely towards east closing down on every little minute of hope there was of lighting and I have just been asked by my older sister to grab a gallon of milk from a kiosk few blocks away from an apartment complex at which we were residing at that time I think she uttered something along the line ofJJ can you grab a gallon of milk from the kiosk we need milkI unintentionally replied OkayTo her request without understanding a single syllable of what was coming out of her mouth and continued my business of watching Tom and Jerry chase each other Few minutes past and she brought me few shillings worth of a gallon of milk and said Whenever you are ready While lost in my confusion and possibly thinking that my sister had lost her mind giving money or something major is happening I responded ready for whatTHE MILK She replied I immediately turned around to face the television and shrieked NONairobi Kenya is an economically depressed state and that is if I am using sufficient euphemism to cover up the true nature of this failed state The rain had poured down without hesitation the night before and the early morning leading to this miserable late afternoon Still regretting the whole situation of coming out and getting milk and murmuring all sort of excuses I could have used to avoid this situation I finally reached the exit gazed at the ground knowing what is ahead of me and trying to precisely meditate with every maneuver to avoiding plunging in the swirling slum of mud scattered with magazines newspapers empty bottles of water slightly sunken into the sludge and watched the crowded thoroughfares The pedestrians walk in a formation of the letter V almost as
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