Her Silent Screams

Author:

Busisekile Khumalo

Title:

Her Silent Screams

Publisher:

Independent

Nataka Books Reviews: 

Her Silent Screams

Fatima Farrah Omar has spent her whole life on the outskirts looking in and just when she has finally found her voice, it is brutally snatched away from her and she is thrust into a nightmarish existence in a hidden camp deep in the Nigerian jungle.


--Coming Soon 2022

Nataka Books Full Review: 

Her Silent Screams

“Fatima if you don’t start packing now, we will both die!”   


Fatima Farrah Omar has spent her whole life on the outskirts looking in and just when she has finally found her voice, it is brutally snatched away from her and she is thrust into a nightmarish existence in a hidden camp deep in the Nigerian jungle.


The fear in my mother’s voice is palatable and I taste it in my own mouth. I stop asking and start stuffing clothes into the open suitcases. We work in desperate silence and I see Nura wiping away tears with the back of her hand. What is happening? I feel like my life has turned into a very bad horror movie.   


We are almost finished when there is commotion in the passage and Nura freezes next to me. Then she shoves me behind her as the door is kicked in off its hinges. I almost pee on myself as huge scary men with strange markings on their faces come badging into our small apartment, immediately filling it. It’s like I have been transported to one of my nightmares and it’s too much for my stomach to handle and I vomit there on the floor.  


They are mean-looking, some have their faces covered in black scarves but even their eyes are cold. The only two whose faces aren't covered have markings on their faces which look like they were curved with knives and the dark skin has congealed into weird artefacts on their faces. There are six of them in total and they are all bulky giants, I have never seen men this tall before.  


“We meet again Saffiya,” one of the men with an uncovered face speaks in Somali but his accent isn't Somali, it's a heavy Hausa accent. Who is Saffiya? And this man looks like the leader because they are all deferring to him.  


“Darul Akeem you can take me but please let her go, she knows nothing of this,” Nura's voice is pleading and the man lets out a hard mirthless laugh. And his stooges laugh with him and when he stops, so do they. I am lost and shit scared. I wish my Banzi were here but I also have a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach that I will never see him again.  ……  


-- Coming Soon 2022