In “She Shall Not Be Moved” by Shereen Pandit, the narrator and her daughter, Mariam, are late to the little girl’s dance lesson, and they take the bus in London. Once on the bus, they are surprised to see that they cannot advance, as a Somali woman is blocking the way with her pram. The narrator notices that two white women are sitting in the fold-up seats in the pram space and that they deliberately ignore the Somali woman, refusing to move. With a baby in the pram and another toddler near her, the Somali woman tries to make room for other passengers, while she is constantly in danger of falling. The driver of the bus – a black man – comes and scolds the Somali woman instead of scolding the two white women, to the narrator’s surprise.

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