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Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel
January 1, 2008

In the surrounding area of the airport of Bata, two adolescent guineanos earn some money helping the passengers with their packages. One day Mba Abyss and his cousin are found with a much more tempting load: two hogs that were going to be loaded in an airplane and that, after being freed of their tyings, leave in stampede. Both youths, incited by hunger and the lack of so many good things in life, chase after them. But the owner of the pigs, a powerful person with various soldiers at his service, frustrates its capture, and as punishment, obliges both boys to get onto the plane. Thus begins the trip of the protagonists toward Malabo, the capital of the country, a place that they have never visited and where they are without family members or anyone who knows of their whereabouts. To their surprise, they come to find, that in complicated circumstances, they find their first loves.

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