Tsumo

Mwana asingachemi anofira mumbereko

Literal EngThe baby that does not cry will die in the baby sling.

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Shona

Munhu anenge ane nhuna kana kuti shungu anofanira kudzitaura pane vamwe. Kana uri kutambudzika vamwe vanouya kuzobatsira asi ukasataura unofa neshungu kana matambudziko ako iwayo pasina azviziva.

Eng If you do not cry for help or give a voice to your complaints, no one will know or assist and your distress may worsen.

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The proverb uses the case of the baby that has no other way of communicating other than crying. If the baby does not cry the mother has no way of knowing that it is in distress and this may lead to the baby actually dying. With this is mind our ancestors noted the importance of ensuring that one relays their distress to those who can assist otherwise their situation may deteriorate yet there are people who can help.
The proverb is used to compel people to air their concerns and share their problems with someone. It can also be used proactively to compel people to voice or share their desires particularly if someone else can help them attain those desires.
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