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White Spirit

It is barely nine o’clock and already the Solomon Islands’ sun beats down on our backs as we climb the gentle hill to Atoifi Adventist Hospital. The wharf-side dawn market has wound to a close and locals sprawl under the trees nearby, hoping to find buyers for the bananas, raw peanuts and inkori that did not sell that morning. As we pass, the men greet my husband, Paul. They ignore me, his property, lest the attention offend him. It took me days to stop smiling my greetings, to stop expecting a grin in return. By the time we reach the…

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