Photographer's Note

I checked out the internet to see what information I could find on the African tradition of carrying babies. I was not surprised when I found several articles written on the subject of African women rejecting strollers (prams):

"In Africa, we just carry our children or let them roam. They can't sit like lumps," said Wambui, 24. "Besides, our roads aren't even good enough for these devices. If everyone had a pram it would cause jam-ups in traffic. Then we would be bad to our children and bad to our roads."

The stroller has sparked debate among African pediatricians who think the device first crafted as a labor-saving tool for the European middle class may damage the relationship between a mother and a child.

"The pram is the ultimate in pushing the baby away from you," said Frank Njenga, a child psychiatrist in Nairobi, Kenya's bustling capital. "The baby on the back is actually following the mother in warmth and comfort. The baby feels safer, and safer people are happier people."

Africans consider the traditional method of toting their children the only true version of day care. When it's time for feeding, the food is right there as a mother shifts her child to the front of her body, nestling the infant to her breast. The baby stroller could change all of that. But many people here said they thought the devices would be just another instance of Africans adopting the worst habits of industrialization. "
The Seattle Times
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I cropped this pic to take out a person who was standing behind her, and increased the contrast. Its a bit noisy, but I prefer it that way.

I am reposting it a bit smaller so that i can see the whole picture without having to scroll. :)

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