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The Christmas present

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 23 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1571
  1. Anne Savage
  1. London NW3 5RA

ZEN (Zambian enrolled nurse) Jason dried his hands and looked through the window. “Do you think it will rain today?” His colleague followed his gaze. “No, not today. Again not today. The rains are late.”

All along the Great Eastern Road from Malawi the sky had been filled with towering cumulus, but the bottoms of the clouds were hard and little rain had fallen after the first, the “planting rains,” a few weeks earlier. Where it had fallen the little maize plants, each with its attendant heap of urea crystals, …

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