Digging for 21st-century gold

PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda


The article stated it was the worst drought in decades, quoting researcher-facts and interspersed with images of wildlife writhing on cracked mud. The last time Lake Ngami dried up was in the eighties.

The sun burned the backs of Kgosi and his men as they dug a hole, deep and wide enough, for underground water to seep into it. A man-made water hole. It wouldn’t last long. Wild animals would travel far in search of water. Next Saturday they would dig another one a few kilometers east of this hole.

Kgosi hoped the rains would come soon.

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Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Write a story in 100 words or less, click the frog to share your flash fiction and read what others have written.

Fresh water will one day be the wealth of future nations.


22 thoughts on “Digging for 21st-century gold

  1. Yes, as a species our priorities are all wrong. Gold is a metal. Water is one of the most basic necessities of life. Yet, we hold gold precious and waste and pollute water. It’s amazing in a world that’s roughly 75% water there’s not always enough to go around.


  2. A good story, Fatima. Well done. Here in Pune, India we had a more than generous monsoon this year and then some. Flooding caused some deaths as it washed homes away. I just think the rains have stopped and we get more. —- Suzanne


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