In which I am a curiosity

During our visit to the MAPLE project in Lira, I spent much of my time interviewing local entrepreneurs. Most interviews took place under a shady tree, in relative quiet. Until school let out. While interviewing this shopkeeper (seated center), a crowd of children gathered. They stayed a few feet away at first, then slowly crept closer. After the interview, our translator (seated left) asked the kids why they had come crowding around. Had they never seen a muzungu before? Yes, they had seen others, they replied — just not up close.

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