They Sold My Sister

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They sold my sister

This is a short story concerning the life and the traditions in Africa. The african girl Naliki she lives in a massai family, the tradition is to get married when a girl is ready enough. Niliki is 10 years old when the story started and 12 years old when we last hear from her in the end.
Her sister got sold to an ugly man but a rich family they had a big farm of sheep’s and they gave a lot of gifts to the family, the sister of Niliki got married with the ugly man and they had to stay there for 2 weeks with the new family for the sake of the sister Nyamalo didn’t wanted to sleep with her husband in the bed at first she didn’t want to accept the marriage and wanted to sleep with her sister the first night, but her husband same for her and the next day, she accepeted the marriage and told Niliki that she just had to learn to love him.
Niliki’s family liked the family of Nyamalo’s husband because they are rich a lot and they gave a lot of gift to the family but not to the children’s because they don’t like children’s in the family.
Niliki and Nyamalo has a brother Tumuka who was a gains the marriage because he wantd them to finish the schools.
One day a man with big belly ( Ole Timau) came to the family to talk with them about Niliki the last daughter, he wanted another wife and Niliki was listening and she doesn’t want to get married because she want to be the first massai girl who finished the school, Niliki wanted to contact her brother to tell him that the parents are planning to get married away to Ole…...

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