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The November War in the Land of Monks & God

Aksum (Axum), Tigray in Ethiopia, stele

More than 103 TPLF-made mass graves were discovered. They sprayed corpses with, ‘A GIFT FROM THE WEST,’ and, ‘NO MORE AMHARA’. European NGOs and TV news never reported this.

Woven Wisdom is the Edge of Art

Green pointed leaf low plant with a covering of white silk

We kept the white maggot of a fly called qmburs. It reached 3 centimetres and pupated for 25 years. As it aged, it shrank and produced more silk. Qmburs wove a silk case around a shell. When it got too large, the case would stifle it and the maggot moved out. My grandmother transferred it while still inside its shell to a new home. This was usually the underside of an old bamboo coffee table. The maggot adhered to the surface with a glue-like substance and produced more silk: 3 x 600-millimetre-square harvests per year, thick and frothy. I scrounged bamboo-coffee tables. Mama kissed my forehead: a rare gift.

3 book extracts from “Lucy’s People” on books & patriots

Lake Tana, home to Lucy & Saba's people of Ethiopia

Never betrayed, the warrior and his horse survived in the thick of battle, bullets flying. He emerged through flames. This baffled Italians who called him ‘Illusion’.