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AROUND 10% of Africa is facing famine in the next year or two. Cattle farmers in Namibia and Zimbabwe are under strain as their beasts die of thirst. Maize harvests are radically reduced. Inflation and unemployment are increasing. Angola hands out food parcels to those most in need. Food security is under threat everywhere in Africa and mass migration is a very real possibility.This is not a scenario in one of the speculative fiction stories in Water. This is now. This is real.Into this potential wasteland, the Short Story Day Africa competition pours a collection of its best stories about water.Some are, predictably, speculative against the backdrop of our current drought.What would life be like if water became hot property? And though the appearance of such stories is predictable during a natural catastrophe, the stories are not. Each offers a surprising new twist on an imagined dry future.Of the speculative stories, “The Tale of the Three Water Carriers” by Pede Hollist of Sierra...

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