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Jeremeeh Kousse Collections: Tales from the Savannah 18

By Jeremeeh Kousse.
Jeremeeh Kousse is a playwright. A griot and a comedian.
He is also a crypto researcher.

From his collections: Tales from the Savannah 18

In a remote African village, a young boy named Kwame lived with his family. When he was just a baby, his younger sister, Abena, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Despite years of searching and countless prayers, his family never lost hope.

One day, 26 years later, while scrolling through a new social media app that had recently reached his village, Kwame stumbled upon the profile of a young woman who looked remarkably like his mother. Her name was Amina, and she was living in a distant city.

Kwame was intrigued and decided to reach out to her. They started chatting, and over time, they shared their life stories. Amina revealed she was adopted and had always felt something was missing. As their friendship grew, they began to wonder if they could be related.

Determined to find the truth, they decided to take a DNA test. The results were astonishing—they were not only related but identical twins. The revelation was both joyous and heartbreaking. Kwame realized that his sister had been taken from them and sold to another family in a widespread baby trafficking scandal that had plagued their region for decades.

Amina shared her mixed emotions. “I had a happy childhood, but now my entire past feels like a deception,” she confided. Despite the shock, she felt immense gratitude to the family that raised her and joy at finding her biological brother.

Kwame and Amina’s reunion story spread quickly through their village, bringing attention to the dark history of baby trafficking in their country. With the help of a local journalist who had uncovered the scandal, they learned that thousands of children had been stolen from their families and sold. Many mothers had been told their babies had died at birth, only to discover years later that they were alive and living with adoptive families.

This revelation ignited a movement in their community. Families who had lost children began searching for their loved ones, and many were reunited through the efforts of activists and journalists. Kwame and Amina’s story became a symbol of hope and resilience, showing that even after decades of separation, love and family could prevail.

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