African Titanics by Abu Bakr Khaal

By Abu Bakr Khaal

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African Titanics is the untold story of the African boat humans and their determined exodus to the cruel shorelines of the Mediterranean. the radical is certainly one of fleeting but profound friendships, perseverance born of melancholy and the facility of news to beat the problems of the current. Alternating among fast paced motion and meditative mirrored image, the unconventional follows the adventures of Eritrean migrant Abdar. As he trips north, the narrative mirrors the rhythm of his travels, at one second dashing clear of bandits within the Sahara and on the subsequent patiently looking ahead to information of a relaxed sea, protecting a relentless stress among existence and demise, desire and despair.

Connecting today’s migrants with mythical adventurers of the earlier, Eritrean author
Abu Bakar Khaal areas the phenomenon of migration in a wide standpoint. The “bug” which grips the hearts and minds of younger Africans is only one of many stages which Africa has traversed in its lengthy historical past from man’s first cradle. With moments of comedy interspersing the tough fact of migration, African Titanics offers an intimate tackle a phenomenon so frequently within the information.

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Some attribute his love of silence to his application (with his strictly observant piety) of the noble hadith that says, “If one of you speaks let him be brief, or let him stay silent”—though at the same time, with his vast wealth and extraordinary influence, he does not in fact need to talk much because his word is generally final and has to be obeyed. To this should be added his wide experience of life that enables him to grasp 49 things at a glance, for the aging millionaire, who is past sixty, started out thirty years ago as a mere migrant worker who left Sohag governorate for Cairo looking for work, and the older people on Suleiman Basha remember him sitting on the ground in the passage behind the À l’Américaine in a gallabiya, vest, and turban with a small wooden box in front of him—for that is where he started, shining shoes.

She would go for days depressed and melancholy and one day when she went with her mother to visit the tomb of El Hussein, no sooner had she entered the sanctuary and found herself surrounded by the incense and lights and felt that deeplyrooted hidden presence that fills the heart than she burst into a long, unexpected bout of weeping. On the other hand, since retreat was not an option and she could not stand her feelings of sin, she started to resist the latter fiercely. She took to thinking of her mother’s face as she told her that she was working as a servant in people’s houses.

He worked for a time as an office servant in the Babik office supplies store, then disappeared for more than twenty years, suddenly to reappear having made a lot of money. Hagg Azzam says that he was working in the Gulf, but the people in the street do not believe that and whisper that he was sentenced and imprisoned for dealing in drugs, which some insist he continues to do to this day, citing as evidence his exorbitant wealth, which is out of all proportion to the volume of the sales in his stores and the profits of his companies, indicating that his commercial activities are a mere front for money laundering.

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