A Day in the Life

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It’s seven o’clock and Tierkidi refugee-camp is buzzling of early morning activity. It’s food distribution day, and Nyaboth (16) is patiently waiting for the queue in front of her to get smaller.

No one knows the exact number of refugees in the Gambell-region. But we are at least looking at 250.000. More than a quarter of a million people who are dependent on the food that World Food Program is distributing.

The line is moving slow, but Nyaboth isn’t in a hurry as long as she gets what she came for. Four hours later, she has collected all the items her family is entitled to this month. The previous four hours were more boring than exhausting. Now the tough part comes. The 16-year old has to get 150 kilos of flour, maize, oil, lentils and soap back to her tent a couple of kilometres away.

−I have to sell some of the flour to pay for a wheelbarrow to get everything safely back to my tent, she explains and wanders off to a local retailer. Two kilos for 20 birr ($1), the price will be almost double when the flour is sold again, but the guy who buys rations from the refugees knows he can squeeze them hard as he is their only source of cash.

Nyaboth gets a hand from her sister in law to carry the food over to the boys with the wheelbarrow. It is noon when she finally can unload outside tent #B-B6-H19, where she lives with her mother, an elder brother and a younger sister. Her brother, Nhial (18) asks her what took her so long. He is starving. Nyaboth smiles patiently and lights the fire to start cooking porridge. When everyone has eaten, she cleans the pan, the spoons and the plates before she gets up again. It’s time to fetch some more firewood. We follow her to the bush and watch her as she collects enough twigs and branches to cook her family dinner this evening.

We expect her to sit down for a second when she drops the firewood in front of the tent, but instead she picks up the yellow jerry can and wanders of. An hour later, she returns with the jerry can full of water. Happy that there are no duties before she has to start cooking dinner, in half an hour or so.

−How come you do all the hard work with no help from your brother?

−Everything I have done today has been women’s work.

−So what is men’s work?

Nyaboth smiles before she answers.

−Sitting. Back home they looked after the cattle, but here there are no animals, leaving the men with no other duties than sitting and talking.

Text: Øystein Mikalsen
Photo: Otto von Münchow

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246 Responses to “A Day in the Life”

  1. […] Nyaboth (16) is working hard every day in Tierkidi refugee-camp near the border of South Sudan. We followed her a day and you can read and see how it unfolds on the latest post on Untold Stories. […]

  2. Ok, yes, this drives me crazy.

  3. This breaks my heart. I know the futility of judging a culture that I don’t understand, but clinging to the concept of women’s work vs. men’s work under such circumstances seems so senseless. Couldn’t everyone working together makes things better for all?

  4. Isn’t it tragic that people who have so much less can be so much happier? That said, it is not right or fair to let people suffer because we have much more….. relatively speaking.

  5. Such a hard life and the repetition of chores must be boring, although I daresay I can (in one way) appreciate some of it. When I was her age I had to do all the ‘female’ chores and I don’t remember my brothers doing a single thing.

    Are there any sort of schooling or educational opportunities in the camps?

  6. Come on guys! There’s no woman’s work or man’s work just hard work. Get on with it so that everyone can benefit.

  7. Can’t believe they do think that way even under those conditions. My inner self was fighting when I read what that poor girl all had to do. And that boy doing nothing but complain.
    Maybe the camp administration should do something about that. But I guess these are all men as well…

    I have a question: Do these men beat up the women when they didn’t get their work done properly for what ever reason? I’m beginning to feel that way, since for themselves they picked the easiest job…

  8. It took centuries (and we are still working on it) for our cultures to accept that there is no “women’s work/men’s work”. These refugees will not grasp the concept overnight. As I said, we still have men in our culture struggling with it. It will start with one man/boy getting up from sitting and talking and offering to pitch in.

    • And it seems to me that the refugees half-realize that there really isn’t anything for them to return to. To rebuild. My thoughts are, although they’re in a camp in a foreign nation, that clearly won’t go away why not organize and begin to transform it into a new official community of the new country.

      As foreigners, I expect that it will not be easy at all but what other choice do they really have? If there is nothing to return to, restart elsewhere. Even if there is substandard or no formal education in governance, economics and logistics, such is not needed to formulate some kind of plan among themselves, and begin negotiations with the surrounding communities and new government.

      For the sake of all the hungry children, raped and tortured women, murdered and otherwise missing men and mere self-respect try.

  9. I hit the “like” button not because I like it, but to acknowledge that I’ve read it. It’s heartbreaking. She’s beautiful, and I love the colorful clothing they wear against the landscape.

  10. jerseylil Says:

    Thank you for sharing this untold story. What a sad reality and yet they show such patience and you can see the strength of will in their albeit weary faces. Duties are carried out as assigned and Nyaboth even smiles. The photography is stunning; the story very moving.

  11. Wonderful ‘daily photo diary’ of a day in the life of this beautiful sixteen year-old.

  12. Thank you for the background story. Many of us commenting are extremely lucky and have to be very thankful for what we have.

  13. I can’t help but remember my time in Liberia when I read these posts. It took me a very long time to understand something about the life of the market women and their daughters: that while the men might be sitting in the palaver hut, drinking palm wine all day, the women held the power. Yes, they worked hard. Very hard. But they also earned money, and gained respect.

    Again, life in the camp distorts any society, traditional or otherwise. But there are cultures in the world whose treatment of women isn’t just different from our western standards: it’s inhumane and evil.
    We all know which societies those are.

  14. It’s hard to envision 250,000 refugees in one camp. I can’t imagine it really. The concept that there are NO cattle to tend and yet there is still such a sharp division of labor isn’t lost on the women, is it? I really appreciate the glimpse you give of life in this camp. It’s not covered very well in mainstream American media…sadly.

  15. Reblogged this on Life begins at 19! and commented:
    I think we should start realizing how blessed we really are & stop taking life for granted.. Savor everything you have, not everyone has it like you. Sad to think their are people out in the world living like this. We need to remind ourselves occasionally. I am thankful for having such a great life. I regret for ever taking it all for granted.

  16. Into the mild Says:

    Thank you for the story. As depressing as it is, I enjoy reading these types of things and learning new stories.
    May they find stability.

  17. Reblogged this on hue101.

  18. In different regions there`s different customs which i respect the diversity of this world however does it make it right? NO. Any human with logic can see the lack of gratitude and lack of respect her brother has for her.

  19. Reblogged this on som.

  20. rahul pal Says:

    Reblogged this on rahul01031993's Blog and commented:
    Its just 7 o’clock

  21. Awesome work,that’s way I love Word food program.

  22. ebonijackson Says:

    Reblogged this on furtheringthekingdom.

  23. It just goes to show how different peoples lives can be.

  24. DiyDaisy Says:

    This has really opened my eyes❤️

  25. Pretty sad for the guys, not liking that she gets to do all the hard work, but at the end of the day who gets a sense of satisfaction and sleeps well? She’s the stronger person, my love goes out to her.

  26. Reblogged this on rofa99.

  27. God is good all thanks to HIM for HIS Mercy towards them. That is a Blessing. Be Blessed Everyone, Mtetar

  28. Reblogged this on jermeliainmotion and commented:
    Very intriguing thought I should share with others how people around the world enjoy life with the simplest things.

  29. Hope they find stability and justice..

  30. Alot sensitization has to be done to explain to people that some cultural norms are passing off as domestic abuse. Men need to learm that helping around isnt limited to ones gender but its part of family responsibility

  31. I know it’s cultural but that’s so upsetting !
    Your photos are amazing.

  32. Reblogged this on Zerin Karim and commented:
    ‘ Men’s work: sitting and talking ‘

  33. Thank you posting this.
    In the past, when I had more freedom in life; I use to work in the community in South Central LA, which was a long time ago for me. I’ve always thought of helping others but have always been hesitate in doing so because of all the corruption in the world and not knowing where the money is actually going.

  34. This just saddens my heart to read that the women’s work is placed upon this 16 year old girl who should be attending school and enjoying her life, but this is what happens in other cultures so who am i to pass judgement.

  35. Rina Macasaet Says:

    Beautiful photos and beautiful writing! Thank you for sharing. Our daily problems are nowhere near comparison to what Nyaboth deals with everyday. Gratitude…

  36. Oh myy… Thank you for the story, may they find stability.

  37. Reblogged this on Nandazara23 and commented:
    A Day in the Life

  38. Theres no such thing as man work and woman work ! The sooner we understand that the better it will be for the future of this planet

  39. Beautifully observed. I feel a bit sad after reading this fot numerous reasons; the ease with which all except their faith (for better or worse) and the fact that there is so very little I can do to change her (and all the other quarter of a million people’s) situation.

  40. Lin Yinshi Says:

    Reblogged this on The World From My Eyes.

  41. Reblogged this on iyadblog.

  42. Reblogged this on paile.

  43. I really feel for this girl. No one can ever truly know what she goes through because nothing is the same. But reading about the men just made me irritated.

  44. To feel happiness in our lives feels almost like a sin when we watch and read about the stories of people in alarming situations, who are unable to get proper medication, food or clothing. Western democracies respond with killing drones, with racism, and by not allowing them to escape their condition, because they would be uneducated immigrants who cannot do any kind of job.

    But the question is what can we do? I know this post was not about normative analysis of the current world problems, but the question arises anyway. It makes me sad that the reasons for the conflict in Sudan and many other places lies in our oil dependency, in religion and its subsequent fanaticism, and in our inability to speak with a voice that would be heard by our leaders.

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  46. Reblogged this on LivsArt Blog and commented:
    Well written story…these women are champions!

  47. Wow what a heartbreaking story and what an amazing young women. We really should be thankful for our, in comparison luxurious lifestyles. What bravery, courage and sheer determination she shows…..

  48. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.

  49. Reblogged this on Lonely Travel and commented:
    Reality if refugees outside of the world hat we are living now. We travel not only to see the beautiful part of the world, but also share our experiences of people who are living on this earth.

    The writer has given a very good introduction of how a refugee camp is.

  50. utsavganeriwala Says:

    Reblogged this on utsavganeriwala.

  51. Reblogged this on The Whisperer and commented:
    Why not be grateful for your life?

  52. Reblogged this on Unchain The Tree and commented:
    See more on unchainthetree.com

  53. Its amazing how different things can be.

  54. Great pictures and post

  55. Reblogged this on Skin Deep ~ Mandy Moran and commented:
    This is a heartbreaking account of a sixteen old girls daily trials in Gambia.
    We should feel humbled to live the life we do in comparison.
    Beautifully told “Untold Stories”

  56. It’s really a tragic story our leaders need to take practical actions to eliminate poverty from the world.

  57. Reblogged this on irfan1295 and commented:
    Seriously, we are yet to see such many. Its really a shame for us.

  58. Reblogged this on msamba.

  59. I can’t like this, but I am thankful for your for writing and publishing it.

  60. Beautiful shots. Great photo essay! Enjoyed!

  61. Reblogged this on lefilblog and commented:
    Qu est ce qui ne tourne pas rond?

  62. Such a hard life they are suffering right now. Thank you for sharing this untold story.

  63. Reblogged this on Kiddo Sphere and commented:
    I hit the “like” button in this story not because I LIKE it, I just want to acknowledge that this story needs to be told. It saddens my heart to see people live in such a hard condition like this, yet there are no escape from poverty and unsound customs for them. Reblog this if you truly care.

  64. @seebluelee that concept is 😡 women’s work Vs. Mens work. 😍 your voice

  65. Thank you for sharing this story. I admire this young woman and what she is doing to take care of her family. Even in such hardship she manages to keep her will. My parents went through the same thing in Asia after the communists prevailed, so this story hits home.

  66. generalolomu Says:

    Not so good orientation, at the end of the day she will still pass the orientation to her children that these are women’s work and those are men’s work. The obvious reality of life.

  67. In most communities, women are the beast if burden. They do all the hard work and the men just sit. Only a few men will get to work or help with what is termed as women’s work. Trust me being a girl child is really hard

  68. Reblogged this on Poet's Corner and commented:
    Working on the same trend of women today, here is a story of a refugee woman in Tierkidi. When people question why feminists stand up against the inequality of women in this world, this is a perfect depiction of why.

  69. thenjuvi Says:

    Reblogged this on Queen-V.

  70. wdbrown2015 Says:

    I’ll need time view articles to made such comment

  71. wdbrown2015 Says:

    Are you looking for just ,the thumb up or down, like or dislike?

  72. Reblogged this on firstwordpressever.

  73. Thank you for sharing this untold story. Photography was nice.

  74. often wonder what it takes in the human spirit to be a survivor in a refugee camp, endure the constant threats and bombings that Israel endures or clean up after a devasting tsunami, earth quake or some other natural phenoma

  75. Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses and commented:
    I see the poor in America on a daily basis. They have to do the same thing; sell this to afford to eat. But, I am glad to see you tell other’s Untold Stories. God bless them and you.

  76. Thank-you for sharing this story. They teach us a lesson in strength and determination.

  77. mak5enterprise Says:

    Reblogged this on MAK5 Enterprise®.

  78. War means Business .

  79. CecilianToday Says:

    Reblogged this on I'mpossible Hope-r.

  80. edruiz88 Says:

    What an amazing journey this must be, and i say amazing but i actually mean inspiring. The difference in the ways of life throughout the world is a wonder of its own. Can’t even begin to imagine, but still i want more.
    Thank you for these amazing pictures.

  81. beautiful pictures.

  82. Showing no sign of bitterness, Nyaboth, and all the other women in her situation, makes me think that the peace she lives from within not only makes her the stronger person, but a person that radiates goodness even in the most difficult times. thank you both for your valuable work.

  83. Americans often have an ethnocentric perception of other cultures and find it difficult to understand the practices and beliefs. Personally I can apperciate the difference displayed aroubd the world. I would assume this comes from studying other cultures and travel. It really opens your mind outside of the box of American culture. After reading this post I laughed because it showed are similaritues …men are same here as they are they. ; )

  84. Karyl.Agana Says:

    I really do enjoy reading the comments it regards to “poverty” “happier lifestyle” –
    I think the what’s lovely about this post is the simplicity of just show and tell. Yes, they do live with less income, I’m not dismissing that, but what I really see here it people can live without some of the Urban/Rural North American non-essentials and I think that’s hard for some of us to accept as regular way of living.

    I wonder what other people from different parts of the world think about how we live?

  85. Reblogged this on Hello, is Jane there? and commented:
    Worlds realities….

  86. Reblogged this on LUWAGGA ALLAN and commented:
    the sorry of a re is hurting

  87. This is awesome! Great writing… Check out my blog at db4three

  88. That is exactly how it is…..am one of them

  89. Reblogged this on crazy.

  90. Femmelin Says:

    CRAZY 😀 😀 😀 This is awesome

  91. Wow, this was a touching story. So the men sit around all day and the women are doing all the work. Don’t they realize things would go faster if everyone works as one. The pictures are beautiful in spite of everything from what I see they look happy. This makes me realize I need to count my blessings.

  92. Instead of viewing Nyaboth’s situation as a tragedy (I am a 16 year old girl myself), can we instead think of solutions to the problem? Explain to Sudanese men the practical advantages to assisting the women with their work, explain that they could benefit from slightly altering their chores to meet their new situation. Find a balance between cultural sensitivity and pragmatic action in order to resolve this gender equality issue.

  93. Thank you for bringing this reality to all of our attention.

  94. robertson7 Says:

    tht roght

  95. Reblogged this on slegogurl's Blog and commented:
    Compare this to a day in your life…

  96. Wow! This makes my heart ache especially when we sit back and complain about our well nourished lives. Thanks for sharing.

  97. Really made me cry ! I hope every person on earth never goes through such tough life. Everyone should have freedom and respect.

  98. manjunathp Says:

    This kind of culture is even present in villages near my place. I hate this culture 😡

  99. Reblogged this on astoldbyrogers and commented:
    Well

  100. I am from africa and i know what this press is about.

  101. Jovy Merryl Says:

    Reblogged this on Jovy Merryl's.

  102. I hope they find stability soon

  103. minabraege Says:

    Ahh, this breaks my heart… I really hope there will be more equality soon.

  104. I am counting my blessings.

  105. Reblogged this on priyobratbarik and commented:
    are we really doing any hard work ?

  106. Really interesting 🙂 🙂

  107. In the U.S, we truly do take things for granted. I volunteer for a lot of refugee organizations here in the U.S., and hear stories such as this all the time. Thank you for sharing. Heartbreaking.

  108. Reblogged this on Coffee & Words and commented:
    Heartbreaking.

  109. Patricia Ogundare Says:

    The joy she must get from taking care of her family. Perhaps her thoughts are I am so strong and do all of this on my own to satisfy the needs of my family.

  110. Reblogged this on thetinkertimes and commented:
    When we start worrying about our own lives, sometimes it helps to look at a day in the life of someone else. I’m worried about money to take my son to the hospital – she’s worried about spending one dollar. Perspective.

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  112. Perspective…You can tell where people are mentally in their reaction to this story. Forget the displacement, hunger,discomfort, fear and danger of being a refugee in another land.
    Don’t even consider the family’s mental state from having experienced, or witnessed God only knows what horrors.
    What about daily survival ??
    Let’s concentrate on gender roles, and bash the ancient cultures that have been and will continue long after this one is forgotten.
    REALLY ??!!

  113. And she won’t eat until everyone else has been fed – that is the way of life for many women like Nyaboth. I don’t buy the cultural difference argument – that was used too long for female genital mutilation. This is just plain wrong.

  114. Such a sobering story. It is hard to imagine such social injustice, on both the refugee front as well as the family front. It leaves one wondering how it came to be this way and if it always was. And why?

  115. Reblogged this on Ajwang Opiyo's mind and commented:
    Good

  116. It’ll get better,this is not sad its reality of wwhat is going on in hats going on in the world.

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  118. We should learn to be more thankful with our lives….

  119. Beautiful post. I have visited Zambia. African stories make my heart melt.

  120. I like it but i feel the men should do more.

  121. Reblogged this on Akuchi Azubike Spiritual Counselor and Healer and commented:
    Interesting read. How do you feel about the male roles in this tribe ?

  122. these kinds of stories make me want to count my blessings and be great-full for the little things in life .. thanks for putting this story up really touching

  123. petrasreiseblog Says:

    Reblogged this on petrasreiseblog.

  124. Reblogged this on HOLLIEANN'S BLOG and commented:
    Really detailed and effective description of a day in the life of an African girl. This text was really interesting and intriguing.

  125. Thank you for telling the stories a eye opener 😄😄

  126. Thanks for sharing the story. Who knew that the old saying ” A woman’s work is never done” is a reality in every sense. The spirit and sole of women around the world continue to amaze me!

  127. Reblogged this on A e r o _.

  128. Another insightful post from you, Øystein and Otto. It’s certainly a tough life, and I can only admire the girl’s courage and strength.

  129. Reblogged this on suskun.

  130. hope they have a better life

  131. OK where does this happen?? Like seriously, the Kenya I leave in today is a lot more civilized,tho we still struggle with some of these traditions, we are headed somewhere

  132. Incredible series of shots ~ and with such a story to show. Stunning and sad.

  133. Im so thankful for my life full of opportunities. This story is the daily reality for many men and women and even children. It is a tragedy, and so it should not be! https://pinni888.wordpress.com/

  134. We say this is tragic, horrible, and many other words. We ask “Why are the men not helping?” , “Why does she do all this work, with no help?” But, this is the life she knows. If you asked her if her life was horrible, she would probably say no. We judge her life according to ours. I am not saying that this is any way to live, I am just saying that this is what she is accustomed to, Look at our lives, we have become spoiled by technology. I could go on and on but I think you get my point

  135. I guess traditions have been passed on for so many years, they don’t think about it anymore… so sad

  136. Reblogged this on YET TO BE DONE and commented:
    An awesome blog I came across, an window to the third world

  137. To think that we complain about minor inconveniences….sigh…when you read something like this you are embarrased to make a fuss at minor inconveniences.

  138. It’s very difficult to understand African customs if you are not one. There are duties assigned to gender and thay is all they know. But that is where education is important because it brings enlightenment and ignorance is left behind. We should all be fighting for the education of the Girl child, that only our their saving grace.

  139. I think the way they do things over there is different from what Americans think. The live in a community where it is expected that the women work and do household chores. I believe the men are the breadwinners. So living in a community where that happens is a collective is expected. The families needs is placed above the individuals need.
    Perhaps her brother is the head of the household.

  140. Adrienne Preddie Says:

    Makes you feel silly for complaining about minor day to day discomforts.

  141. Reblogged this on French potatoes and commented:
    I believe it is time to start appreciate the things that we have! Even if are small things, for some people are worth a fortune! For example some people don’t have food, or water or clothes even a place to stay…why are we so stubborn and selfish? why dont we appreciate the little things? at the end of the day who are we to judge others?…some people don’t deserve what they have, they don’t feel like by having some basic things like water and food! Some people pray for the things you have…don’t waste that gift you’ve been given…it’s a shame..
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  143. Bláthnatt Says:

    Reblogged this on Between clouds and reality.

  144. ethelrosa Says:

    Reblogged this on One womans' world..

  145. Nyaboth is a respecting,old model girl who is such a hardworker.Now that’s what i call HARDWORKING AND RESPECT

  146. Thank you. For sharing this story.

  147. Thou shall not bitch about your job/life

  148. Thank you for the great reminder of how easy we have it here in the USA.

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  150. Reblogged this on djtlc.

  151. okokonudo Says:

    Really sad what people have to go through for no fault of their own. Breaks my heart to read.

  152. The African society has oftenly victimized women, they do it all our ladies they blamed for lack of children in a marriage as they carry fire wood on their back and many of our society believe a man never goes wrong.

  153. Wow. What incredible circumstances and what an incredible young woman!

  154. Fantastic post – This happens a lot and could have easily be Nigeria where I am from. Men is the head of the household and certain household chores meant for women even if men had to sit around all day. I used to live it – shameful and more so that even the educated women still think this is acceptable, little wonder how the state of our country is today.

  155. Reblogged this on Pollyanna Rules and commented:
    Just stumbled into a sweet reminder of why we do what we do, why we spend time and savings to train and train again, why we have to bear witness, and hold on to hope.

  156. very interesting..

  157. What a strong young woman. Makes you stop and think about what you have and how you could’ve easily been born into a different lifestyle such as what these kids are living. Hope they receive education, it could be their saving grace. Great article.

  158. I felt like slapping that useless brother

  159. Beautiful pictures and a really interesting read.

  160. It is so sad, but this is real. Stories like these should be shared among school aged children in the US so they learn to appreciate what they have and complain less for having to attend school. Thank you for sharing. Wow! Simply heartbreaking, but this is still common in many cultures.

  161. A heartrending story and one that should be retold until we all do something about it.

  162. Reblogged this on revoche and commented:
    Our lives are so comfortable that we rarely think of others.

  163. I feel guilty..it’s really hard and sad

  164. Great and confronting writing. Both Sudan’s are difficult places to get your mind around, and life in a refugee camp is unimaginable but this writing helps catch that life, and promote empathy.

    Sudan is going to hold an election this week- a sham election no doubt, but understanding the politics of the county goes part way to understanding what is happening. Here is our take, please read and share:http://global-elections.org/2015/04/06/sudan-elections-a-primer/

  165. Wow, and we just go along on our day to day lives having no idea about different cultures and their customs. Their custom has not allowed them to change or think of better ways even when they were uprooted from their homeland. Reblogging

  166. Reblogged this on This & That and commented:
    This is a heartbreakingly sad situation and most of the world has moved on and forgotten. We just go along on our day to day lives having no idea about different cultures and their customs. Their custom has not allowed them to change or think of better ways even when they were uprooted from their homeland.

    So often we get caught up with the little day to day things that we think are so important but in the long run, are they? Does it matter if you get to the store 10 minutes later when you have crazy traffic or they don’t have your favorite item at the store? How about the stupid squabble you had with someone recently and now have animosity or discontent in your heart? Live life to the fullest and with Joy and Love. Peace and Blessings~

  167. Reblogged this on genzlife and commented:
    Here this is a must read i feel so soft for some of these people

  168. This is fascinating to me and sad that these people are struggling so much. It remind me to be thankful for what we have. Even though in the US we are considered poor, compared to this we are wealthy.

  169. Beautifully told story. Thank you for giving voice to these stories.

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