I never thought of it like that
Taking photos with these children doesn’t make sense if you’re not going to help them or ‘meet’ them
It is literally like going to a zoo.
It’s like the only thing you’re saying is that they’re poor DB
‘—- is a fun kid who loves to dance BUT NEVERMIND BECAUSE HE’S POOR
AND ALL POOR PEOPLE ARE SAD’
I took a week long camping safari with Intrepid Tours where I traveled from Nairobi through to the National Parks and sights. I was more than happy to see the Maasai Mara, the Great Rift Valley, Hells Gate – among other natural sites full of wildlife, geologic beauty and grandness, but to have one of their stops be at an orphanage? I couldn’t stomach it.
We pulled up and stopped just inside the gate of the orphanage. Everyone stepped out of the bus to meet the orphaned children, take their photos and squeeze in some cuddles. I remained seated on the bus and silently waited for this horror to be over. The tourists get time to hand over some gifts – pencils, colours, exercise books and sweets during this visit. A tour mate comes back onto the bus to grab his camera and he asks me if I’m alright. I…
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