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In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Courtney Floyd presents Noel Cheruto's "We Broke Nairobi."

You can read the full story and learn more about Noel here.

Content warnings for this episode include:

  • Disregard for personal autonomy
  • Blood
  • Death/dying
  • Drug use
  • Murder
  • Sexual assault


Noel is a Kenyan writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harvard’s Transition Magazine, The Boston Review, Oscilloscope Literary Magazine, the Hotel Africa anthology, the Yellow Means Stay anthology, Johannesburg Review of Books, Kikwetu Journal, On the Premises magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in Nairobi. Twitter: @NoelCheruto
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