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From A Distance

Peggy Webb



Copyright 2012 by Peggy Webb

Cover art design 2012 by Kim Van Meter

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Copyright 1995

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Author’s Note to the Reader

When I first started writing this novel, Rwanda in the Virungas was a beautiful country at peace. About midway through the book, hell and all its demons descended on Central Africa. Each day as I sat at my computer describing the primeval beauty of the rain forest, I wept for a people without hope and a place that was no more. It is my prayer that by the time you read this, the Virungas in Central Africa will once again be the Virungas in From a Distance.



Prologue

NAIROBI, 1995

He remembered the smell of the flame flower wet with dew and the song of birds awakening before the first pink light spread across the east beyond the Virungas. The glowing malevolent eye of the volcanic mountains was with him, and the wispy shade of acacias on smooth stone. Water cascaded through gorges of mythological proportion, its thunder sweeping through his mind and leaving him naked and filled with yearnings that had no name.

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