Saturday, August 11, 2012

Tiny tots

On Thursday, while doing the Guest House shopping in Shinyanga, I came across these two little ones. I was buying bulk maize meal (for the dogs, chickens and humans) at my special merchant near the fresh produce market. When I asked the shop owner's wife if these were her children, she said no, the mama was somewhere about. I bought a handful of sweets from her and opened one for the little girl while giving the boy his wrapped.
A little girl and her not-much-older brother seem to fend for themselves in the streets of Shinyanga while their mother works in the market, perhaps?

At first the little girl shied away when she saw the camera. The shop owner (behind the children) called her back and while licking the sweet, she posed with her brother

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend.


  1. You have a heart of gold. Bless you.

  2. Such sweet little ones! Great shots for the day, Jo! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  3. I imagine that their mother trusts the people at the market to keep an eye on her kids. Tim & Jolene, my son and dil, mentioned that in Niger, children were often left to themselves unless they were doing chores. Parents seemed to be OK with their kids playing out in the roads with the other kids. It must be a safer place than here, i.e., not much danger from sexual predators.

    I recall in the 1950s playing outside with lots of neighbor kids for hours on end as our mothers were indoors doing housework, or, in my mother's case, reading. (lol) It was a safer era in our country back then.


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