The Bond - Part 2
By Thiyam Ningol, Dr. Nalini, Africa
Harry ignored Debora. He rushed to the car. Took out his camera and started photographing everything around. Debora heard the muffled but unmistakable cry of a baby. She became wide awake. She was unwrapping the heap and Harry was putting everything in record by photographing every step.
Debora saw the newly born baby boy, barely breathing, with dirt and blood all over his body. The baby was shivering with cold. She cried again, this time with joy, fear and pity for the unfortunate, little living being. She had forgotten all about her leg.
Harry phoned back his friend to bring a police officer along. “ We have a baby, I mean we found a baby. Still alive…..yes…In the bush. Hurry….. The line went dead.
“ Deby, sorry dear. You O.K???”
“What are we going to do with the baby?”
“Just be strong, Micky is on his way to help us.”
“Let me pick up the baby.”
“No, the police are coming also. Everything will be O.K.” They held each other tight and prayed.
They heard the sound of car from far. When the sound came nearer, they realized it was coming from the opposite direction. Whosoever it was, they needed help. Harry waved at the approaching car.
It was a group of government officials. The car stopped but nobody came down. The window was rolled down and a husky voice asked “Accident?. Sorry we are in a hurry and not equipped. If anybody is hurt, may be we can help to drop at the nearby hospital.”
“We found a baby in the bush. My friend is on his way with the police. We need help. Please wait for few minutes. My friendis…..” He heard another sound of engine from far. “ Here he is. Please wait.’
He rushed back to Debora. “ Deby, Micky is here. Everything will be O.K. Just hang on few minutes.”
Debora did not hear him. She was praying and crying.
The car was switched off and the Government officials came down from the car. They all went towards the place where the baby was lying, crying.
Harry was trying to tell about the incidences. He was so confused. He mixed up the story. Nobody could understand whether they saw the animal first or the baby first.
Debora joined him.
She spoke softly and clearly. She explained everything. When she pointed at her broken leg to explain further, one of the listeners could not believe his ears. The calm and soft voice was coming from the mouth of a person who has a freshly broken leg, swollen to the size, a little less than that of a mature male elephant’s thigh.
The police officer had finished taking note of what happened and roughly examined the baby. He permitted Debora to hold the baby and get ready to go to the hospital and later, to give statement to the police.
Luckily Harry’s car was not destroyed mechanically. Only the door of the passenger side was badly damaged. It could be driven without any problem.
Micky took Debora with the baby in his car and the police officer rode with Harry. One of the persons present from the other vehicle volunteered to go with Micky and was prepared to be a witness for what has aspired at the scene. He was the Public Relations officer of the Rufiji district.
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