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Obviously these two children
live very different lives. But they are the same age! That is what
I find so fascinating and that is what my page is about. I don't
know the answer to why this is the way it is, but my page is just
filled with some of my thoughts on this subject.
It's so interesting and weird to
me that things are so different between these two countries. A 9
year old from Mali, hikes across a desert alone, while a 9 year
old from America isn't even allowed to cross the street by
himself. It's just really interesting to me. I purposely organized
these pictures on the sides of this page to illustrate the visual
If you look at the
pictures on the left side, you see pictures of children from Mali.
You see them cooking, cleaning, looking somewhat sad, and
sometimes young kids taking care of younger kids. You can just
tell by these pictures and the main picture of the boy with the
cane, that these children have much more responsibility,
independence and maturity then the children from America. I don't
know for a fact, but my opinion is that these children from Mali
have been deprived of what a "normal" childhood should
be. I think that they were forced to grow up too fast. I
understand that this is the way it has to be in order to survive,
and that they have to learn how to take care of themselves at a
young age, but I still think that the years when you are just a
carefree child are essential.
If you look at
the pictures on the right that are of American children, you will
see kids laughing, playing, and not worrying about how they are
going to help make dinner, or how they are going to walk barefoot
across the desert. The pictures just capture the happiness and the
innocence of the American children and I love it.
My heart goes
out to these children in Mali. I wish for them that they could
have the same kind of childhood that most kids in America have. A
childhood filled with happiness, singing, playing and not having
to worry about anything. People have their whole adult lives to
worry about responsibilities and dinner; they deserve a childhood
to just play.
So those are just some of
my thoughts on the differences between children from these two
very different countries. If you look at the photo of the boy with
the cane, you will see the perfect representation of the
independence and responsibility that these children have. These
pictures just speak for themselves and they really touch me.