From Bakhita's Diary
Three years more were to pass before I returned to Suakin with my mistress. Her husband was by now running a big hotel there. We lived at Suakin for fine months. Mr. Michieli then decided to give up his business in Italy and concentrate on Africa where he intended to settle. His wife, however, had to return to Italy to sell the property, pack the furniture that would be needed and then return to Suakin. Since she was reluctant to undertake the long journey alone with the child, she consulted her husband, and took me along with her.
Though I did not know it at the moment, this was to be my last goodbye to Africa, my native country. Something in my heart warned me that I would never set foot on that continent any more, and so it was to be.