backgammon while being held for ransom in Somalia
Posted By: lenny
Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2013, at 5:08 a.m.
The entire backgammon segment, from a very long article.
"Nigel fashioned a small backgammon game, crafting playing pieces from our Q-tips — one of us using the cotton nubs, the other using pieces of the plastic handles, which he clipped with a pair of beard-trimming scissors. On a sheet from a notebook we received, he drew two rows of triangles and then, using a couple of acetaminophen tablets and the scissors, carved a set of dice, itty-bitty white cubes with tiny numbers written on the sides in pen.
We played for hours. We played for days. He won. I won. We played rapid-fire and without much conversation or commentary, like two monkeys in some sort of deprivation experiment. If we heard footsteps in the hallway, we quickly slid everything under my mattress. Games, like so many other things that might divert us from religion, were forbidden, haram."
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