Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kigali Stories: Children

The children in Kigali appear to be well-mannered schoolkids around their schools and playgrounds (in glaring contrast to the schools I saw in Tanzania), but there is this crazy phenomenon where they go insane the second they see white people on the street. All of the sudden these wild monkeys dressed in blue school uniforms,start yelling, I love you! I am 7 years old! Do you have money! I'm hungry!. What's even more interesting is that at a certain age, the behavior stops and the older students take a cool indifference to us. Although the kids legitimately hope they'll get money, they also just delight in yelling out everything they know in English, which sometimes leads to a string of ridiculous statements.

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