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The Old Wise Man

In the village of Tumaini lived people who followed their customs and culture very seriously and there was no way the would have gone against them.They were farmers and livestock keepers surely God had provided them with good land and they never lacked food.One of their taboo was that old men should be kiled become they acted as a curse to the society and their families killed them without having any pity on them. One man known as Mr wekesa loved his father very much because he was wise and helped them to solve problems when their was and decided that he would not kill his father so the family had the old man to one of the rooms and everybody else thought that they had killed him. One day droyght fell in the village and people were dying of hunger and they had no one to turn to but mr wekesa and his family approached the old man who was mr wekesa father the old wise man told them what they should do and and how to do it and followed the instruction as told and their crops grew and they never lucked food again. One of the elders called him infront and asked him to tell the others what he uses for his land that makes it fertile for growing crops he answered he told themabout his father that he had not killed and who had helped him in telling him the tactics of planting and everyone was shocked and told them that they should abolish the ccustom of killing old people and told them that they had experienced this problems and would guide them when needed.They were happy and never lacked food again old men were left to die their deaths and not be killed.


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