Heavenly father… I mean, Lord Almighty…ehh, Dear God, good afternoon. My name is Kamsi and I’m 8 years old and I’m a good girl. Good children don’t disturb adults for no reason and you’re like the biggest grown-up. I don’t want to disturb you but Mommy said you listen to children more.
See, there’s this man on our street. Everyday when me and Nonso and Ejima come back from school he smiles at us from his veranda across from our house. He smiles mostly at me. But his smile is not like those of most people that smile at me. Auntie Jo has tiny lights in her eyes when she smiles. His own makes everywhere look dark.
He came to the door today, asking for Mommy. I didn’t open the door when I told him nobody was home. That dark smile was on his face again. He said, “Fine baby, open the door, I want to play with you.” I told him I don’t want to play and now he’s gone and come back with something heavy that he’s using to hit the door down. Is this how Grown-ups play? I don’t like it, I’m scared. Mommy took my brothers shopping so I’m alone. And now a strange man with darkness in his eyes is banging our door. I know maybe you’re busy with those other children in Sudan or Haiti or one of those poor places Daddy keeps talking about when we don’t finish our food. But I saw some of those children on TV once and I’m not sure you listen to them either.
I don’t think he’s alone – Even while the door was being hit I heard the window shatter. I’ve run upstairs to my room and locked the door and I’m writing this letter under my bed. It’s very dusty here, God-now I know why Mommy shouts at us to sweep every corner. My armpits are pricking me and I can’t scratch them. I feel like peeing too, and I really need to sneeze, but if they hear me! Please if you still do those things like in the story of Moses and the Egyptians now would be a very good time to do them.
I can’t talk more, I have to work on holding in my sneeze. Pls God I’m a good girl, and I’ll be even gooder if you just help me now.
From Your Friend, Kamsi
P.S They’re on the stairs now. Please hurry.