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To Start From Scratch

To Start From Scratch

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Published by Kingsley Ndiewo
To Start from Scratch is a short story about a young man's big break from poverty after discovering a large diamond cache accidentally.
To Start from Scratch is a short story about a young man's big break from poverty after discovering a large diamond cache accidentally.

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Published by: Kingsley Ndiewo on Feb 14, 2009
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