Photographer's Note

Here's another photo of low technical quality, scanned from an old Kodachrome slide. The low afternoon sun was shining from the wrong direction when I met these children, most of whom were walking home from school, and it would have been difficult to line them up properly to catch the best light. But I like the slightly bewildered and innocent looks of these children, and the school bags carried on their heads, so I post this photo anyway.

This is from Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, in January 1982 when the country was known as Upper Volta (la Haute Volta). Ouagadougou was a hot and dusty city without any impressive major buildings, but it was a very nice and friendly and safe city, in fact the entire country was remarkably nice. I was so happy to hear a correspondent from Swedish public service radio report recently that the most remarkable experience he had in Burkina Faso was most people's amazing friendliness. Lots of things have changed in West Africa since the 1980's but Burkina Faso seems to remain a nice country.

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