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Living in the desert at Christmas time is so depressing, twenty-two-year-old Cecile thought. She sat cross-legged in a Bushman hut made of a semi-circle of branches tied together and then covered with tufts of bushveld grass. She pasted a smile on her face. Cecile still had her quiet time every morning, but lately the Bible seemed dry and unappetizing, like cold cereal with no milk. Time to get in the spirit of the season, she told herself. Her hostess, Naisa, chattered on, oblivious to Cecile’s inner turmoil. Cecile swatted at the flies that plagued her. If she tried hard enough, perhaps she could imagine their continual cacophony as an exuberant chorus of Christmas carolers she wished she were hearing. Bugs Cecile had never seen in North America scurried across the dirt floor, vying for the crumbs and other residue left behind by humans. Living and working here was nothing like she had imagined it. In many ways, Cecile felt like she’d been plunked into the middle of a movie set for The Gods Must be Crazy. The calendar said 2002, but these people lived like the early settlers in North America. To top it all off, she was hearing rumors about the government relocating Bushmen and closing clinics. Something to do with a major discovery of diamonds in the area. Maybe Dad was right. Maybe I should just pack up, go home, and leave these people to fight their own battles.
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