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Rafi was a man of the Jaicuri race, a native of Dejagore, and one of the uncles of Sleepy. He was mentioned indirectly a few times in the Annals, and only once by name, during Water Sleeps.

Before, and during, the Siege of Dejagore, Rafi and some of Sleepy's other uncles subjected Sleepy to sexual abuse. Years later, Sleepy could still recall the "first time my uncle Rafi slipped his hand under my sari". From a very young age, Sleepy learned to mentally retreat from the world to cope with the horrible stress inflicted upon her by Rafi and the others. Then, during the siege, the Black Company sergeant named Big Bucket caught the girl being assaulted by one of the uncles, possibly Rafi. Bucket threw the man to his death from walls of the city, and Sleepy was finally liberated from the abuse from that point on. Sleepy gravitated to Bucket as a father figure, and once the siege was lifted, Sleepy left what remained of her awful family and departed with the Company.

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