Slapped in the face by his father, the kid, all of 10 or maybe 11, stood shocked and embarrassed in the hostile circle of villagers and children. Such a change from a few minutes ago, proudly showing his family his 'find‘- a camera he had taken home, just before the posse of village children tracked him down. We’d enlisted their help to recover a camera one of our tour group had lost, probably taken from her pocket, while being mobbed by excited children. One of the older kids had been suspiciously absent. They found him...those kids knew everything that went on in their village.
|Waiting for the posse to return.|
Concerned, I asked our guide what would happen to the kid.
"Oh, he may go to jail!"
What?! A kid that age. A kid tempted by a shiny gizmo we tourists flout in their faces! A mere toy for us, but an unattainable sign of wealth...and that camera strap was hanging out of her pocket.…
|Abraha Atsbeha overlooking the village.|
|The expulsion from Garden of Eden.|
|This workman posed for the photo.|