As soon as you got posted out of camp, you
were expected to leave camp that day or the
following morning. They normally gave out
train tickets to wherever they posted you.
The newly posted people were scrambling for
tickets at the office that morning but I was
not in a haste.
I had spent a month and ten days in the
camp, there was no reason to be in a haste.
I intended to travel the following morning.
I left the notice board and headed to the
female hostel. I needed to tell my little girl
Awiti that I had been posted. I was wearing a
blue jean trousers. The same jean I had been
wearing for three days. She was lying on the
bed when I knocked and went inside. She got
up as soon as she saw me and closed the
Gideon Bible she was reading.
”Baby did you know that Jesus fed five
thousand people with two loafs of bread” she
said as if it happened a week ago.
” Yes, I know, If you read a little bit down the
book, you will also see where he starved for
forty days and forty nights”
*Awiti was a Muslim, she had come to our
prayer ground because of me*
” Baby but how can someone live for forty
days without eating” she asked.
”the same way someone could feed five
thousand people with two loafs of bread” I
”They have posted me out” I said and
interrupted her next Jesus question.
She said nothing. She just stared at me as if
I had said something that didn’t matter.
” Baby it means that I am leaving the camp
today or tomorrow” I said.
The ‘today or tomorrow” seemed to have
Her face had started changing to red and it
took less than a minute to transform into
tears. I watched her cry for about three
minutes before I began to console her. I
made promises upon promises on how I was
going to return to camp as soon as I got
registered at the auslander behoder or Amt.
She didn’t say anything as I continued my
promises. I reminded her about our plans to
live together after Camp, how we were going
to get married and have beautiful kids that
will resemble me.
” No, our kids will resemble me” she said
with a smile amidst tears still running down
I dipped my hand into my pocket and brought
out my handkerchief to clean her tears and a
used condom fell out of my pocket unto the
We both looked at it together and looked at
each other, then back to the condom lying on
” what is this” she said.
”It is a condom” I said.
” I know what it is Solomon but what are you
doing with this” she said.
Her face had started changing again. The
tears that had gone back to her head were
scrambling to come out again,
I bent my head in a shameful manner and
She was asking me a million questions and
reminding me about all the promises I made
” I had sex with a German lady yesterday
evening” I said as I raised my head up. She
started crying again and asked me to leave
I tried to plead with her but she pushed me
out of the room and locked herself inside.
I stood at her door for several minutes
begging her to open the door but she
I left the female hostel and headed to the
admin office to get my ticket and posting
letter. When I collected them, I went to my
room and packed my remaining one jeans
and two shirts into a small paper bag. I was
tempted to leave camp immediately but on a
second thought, I decided to try Awiti again. I
loved her really but I never considered
marrying her for one day, not in the
condition we found each other.
When I got to her room, she had opened the
door but was not inside. I went in and waited
for her. Some minutes later, she came in
from the kitchen and saw me sitting quietly.
” I told you to leave me alone” she shouted
as soon as she came in.
I stood up calmly, looked her in the face and
said ” Listen carefully Awiti, we met in this
camp and If we end our relationship in this
camp, it will just be another closed chapter in
” I will get hurt for losing you, I will cry over
it but the truth remains that I will not kill
myself over it, I will heal with time” I
”I am going to step out of this door and as
soon as I get outside, there is no turning
back” I said.
” I don’t care, you can go to hell” she said.
I turned the door handle and opened it.
I stepped outside and went straight to my
room. My paper bag was on the bed the
same way I left it.
I grabbed it and came down stairs.
As I stepped on the single concrete road
leading to the main camp gate, I saw Awiti
coming up towards me from the female
hostel. About five meters behind her was my
former beauty queen Agnes with her bags.
Awiti came up to me first and stood opposite
me. I looked beyond her and looked at Agnes.
” Are you traveling to Brandenburg today” I
asked Agnes as she approached us.
” She hesitated a bit and said yes.
” Good, because I am traveling right now as
Awiti just stood there looking from Agnes to
me and back to Agnes again. She had nothing
to say as I grabbed the bigger of Agnes’ two
bags and lead the way towards the camp
As I approached the gate, I looked back and
saw Awiti standing like a statue about
hundred meters away. Agnes was right
” She doesn’t look too happy” Agnes said.
” Yes, I replied her. I just told her that I had
never loved her and that it was you (Agnes)
that my heart had always been with” I said.
She looked at me, turned and looked at Awiti
then at me again.
” Poor little girl” she said and held my hand
as we stepped out of the gate into the cold
vast land of Germany.
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