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This was progress. Bricks don't go off by themselves; their clips are not emptied out of fear, or habit. Bricks take willpower, aim. Besides, despite demands for beer money and much raving about my motives for being in Saurimo, a backwoods diamond-mining town in the far east of the country, it had become clear that the soldier was not percent serious about killing me. He simply wanted to make a point about his life here, in Angola.
Farm workers watch as fields burn outside Saurimo. He'd been shot in the leg in Huambo. One of the fingers on his right hand was missing. It had been blown off in Moxico pronounced "mos-SHE-co" , the giant eastern province. Kuito, Angola! Huambo, Angola! Then he dropped the bricks. They were nothing but props anyway, and he had something much better.
Removing his khaki cap, the soldier rammed his head into my chest. Look here! His head had a hole in it, a dark well descending into his cranium. About a half-inch in diameter, deep enough to store a small marble, the depression was located where one might find the centering whorl on a young boy's scalp.
It couldn't have been a bullet hole. How could he have lived through that? No, he must have gotten hit with a pickax, a rake, the point of a machete. Either that, or someone—his mother? But the menace was gone, replaced by plaintive desperation. He couldn't have been more than 20, but he looked incalculably older. Well, I'd come to see the lingering nightmare, hadn't I? And here it was, presented on a platter, right down in the black hole in this poor dude's noggin.
What lurked in there, what bad videos? The legacy of the slave-master Portuguese who during their year reign had shipped roughly four million Angolans off to the plantations of Brazil and Hispaniola? Angola was a land full of grievous memories, unhappy ghosts. Perhaps the poor guy had punched that hole in his head himself, in a vain attempt to release the demons. In Angola, there are always more guys with AKs.