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Kicked out of Amin’s Uganda, they come to our convent
in Scotland: we don’t know what to do
’cause this is 1978, in Bridge of Earn the
Kitumas are the first black people we’ve met. We
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Remember mission films enthusiastic nuns; slides of
African children; smiling new uniforms in Burundi. But
Cecilia and Mary offer intimacy, not pity, and
In a matter of a few slow years we pick up on
Small things like hair styles: Cecilia does demos on
Mary’s locks in front of the whole school.
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Of course, convent girls do not play football! Tall, fast Mary is
Under the glare of the netball team, shooting goal! goal! goal!
Tiny culture lessons for us: complete shift for the Kitumas.