Author: Wanjiku Mungai

My official name is Wanjiku but you can call me Anshee. I'm in love with writing and with the sight of jacarandas in bloom. Find more of my writing on my website; Pen & Purple Rain (

Originally published by The Harvard Advocate I was nine years old when Wairimu, seventeen at the time, left the letter to our parents on the coffee table so that it was the first thing one saw as soon as they had entered the house. It was Easter weekend, so nobody saw it until Saturday morning when we returned from Good Friday overnight prayers at church, by which time Wairimu had filled a bag with her clothes, stolen the money kept in the kitchen for daily purchases and made her escape. Even at that age I knew that it was a stupid decision.…

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