Chapter 6 Summary

Dr. Hemlatha looks out the plane’s window and cannot wait to see the familiar sights of Ethiopia, though she prefers its more romantic name—Abyssinia. Some passengers joined them during their unscheduled stop, along with a huge cargo of fresh khat, which is needed at a wedding and must be chewed within a day or two of being picked. The rest of the ride is uneventful. Hema takes the time to think about her parents and the renovations she insisted they make and which she paid for because they had not spent any of the money she has been sending them regularly. The Western-style commode will be much easier on her mother’s bad hips.

One of the passengers is Adid, a man who brought his young wife to Missing Hospital...

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