A mother of nine was on her deathbed after a careless surgeon who operated on her left surgical scissors in her belly.

The woman was also deeply pained by her children, who had been entrenched in their self-centered acrimonious worlds. There was no love lost among them.

It was a quiet Sunday afternoon in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Hundreds of men and women of all ages were waiting in a long line at the compound of Hager Fikir, Ethiopia’s first theater house.

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