Here we are in Chapter Seven and the only movement has been in and out of the camp. Part of me is anxious to get the journey started but it’s necessary to provide the framework, the background, to make the story real and vital. This chapter is essential in this journey.


I’ve established a relationship–with Jomo–and now I’ve broken that one as well with Jomo leaving. The bittersweet quality of this is important. He’s happy that his friend is leaving but sad to lose yet another person. Jomo and his family provide the model that my character needs–somebody he cares for is leaving the camp, and in so doing, Jomo has given Muchoki an example he can follow, even if that means walking step by step to get there.