When They Shut Their Ears

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” His grandfather’s words still resonated in the air as he looked on to the road that lead out of his village. I cannot turn back now he thought. All those visions that once resided only in his mind were now laid out on the horizon. He only had to put one foot before the other.

Ahamadou was afraid.

Not the type of fear that paralyzed you, sucked the essence and will out of your body till all that was left was an empty shell. No, his fear was like a firm hand pushing him out the door, opening his eyes, birthing him into a foreign world. This fear knew him, it was his friend. It did not promise an easy road. It simply lead the way into a darkness that only he could illuminate. Who was he to refuse this quest? His vision had been made clear to him: he had to go – and he would.