Photographer's Note

In my previous post, some of you asked for closer portraits of the children, so here it goes one of many I have of them.
This is the balcony of the house where we spent the night, which has a magnicient view, since it is located on the highest point of the village, close to the school. To the left of this image, you can see the view in WS1 taken an hour before the sunset. Kids were very shy at first, but slowly gained confidence, and the curiosity over the strange white folks got the best of them. They became more and more amused over being photographed, and after some time they were around my camera everytime they had a chance. Eventually I had to push them away so I could do other things... :)
This one was in the big batch of photos I mailed to them.

My previous image gave the idea that they are very poor and have a miserable life. I actually didn't have that perception. They do not go hungry, and seem to have their basic needs covered, although of course they are poor. It is a hard life though, especially for women. But children go to school and play all the time everywhere, until very late in the night. They play together, with no distinctions of age or sex. Girls above a certain age (around 6-8?)can be distinguished from the boys, because of they start wearing the traditional headgear and jewellery. Boys, as seen here, dress whatever they have in hand. The one in the middle, however, has a traditional necklace made of silver.
Teenagers have an interesting social life. Special houses are built for them, where they can do whatever they want away from their parents vigilance, up until they are married. Pre-marital, teenage sex is pretty much accepted. In WS2, you can see those houses, seen from this balcony, in the direction that the kids are looking.

My previous post, also gave the idea that this is a very dry area. Well, it's far from water sources, but there's green everywhere around the village and there's a rainny season of several months every year.

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