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I have spoken before about the lovely dead trees on the beach and how they became a favorite photographic subject of mine.

One morning I was busy photographing them when I felt a gentle tap. It was the little girl on the right of this shot. She was curious as to what I was doing. Her mother was a short distance away waiting for the fishermen to come in with the days catch. The children wanted to have their photograph taken and were soon lined up for the big event!

I spoke to the mother and saw her buy a few small fish. These would be cooked and sold. That was how the woman made her living. It was heartbreaking to see how difficult life was for her. There was no money to send the children to school. Day after day they play on the beach, the bigger daughter looking after the baby. They looked carefree and happy but where does their future lie?

Kenya has 'free' primary school education. There are upwards of 50 in a class so most families scrimp and save to send their children to private schools where they get a better chance to learn. Children who manage to pass primary exams can go to secondary school but this has to be paid for.

If you are interested you can read more about education in Kenya here:
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2012/01/19/free-primary-education-in-kenya-social-inequalities-in-the-making/

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