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A Hundred Gourds 4:4 September 2015

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Dorothy Mahony - Canada


No country for dogs


“And what about the treatment of women,” the foreign delegates ask the leader as they cross the square. He smiles and swiftly kicks a passing dog. It whimpers then recoils. His hand brushes off the length of his fine linen djellaba. “Understand? If you pet a dog, it follows you, becomes attached.” He stands upright for the next question.

morning market
black eyes
behind the burka



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