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    Rwanda is a small country bursting at the seams with 9 million residents. Families average 3.5 children per household. Family planning is slowly being introduced to a nation still recovering from a period of upheaval and change. What does the future hold for these kids?

    These boys followed us a ways as we were hiking to the park entrance for our first gorilla trek. This ended up being one of my favorite shots from this past year, probably due to the lead boy's pose more than anything. Despite being dressed in drab, second-hand clothing, he exuded a confidence that I feel reflected his countrymen as a whole. This was not the "poor, destitute Africa" usually shown in media coverage. They may not have had much to their names, but the majority of the Rwandans we saw were self-sufficient, grew their own food and seemed happy and content. It's an amazing country full of wonderful people.

    By the way, the Rwanda section of my site is now live: www.maxwaugh.com/rwanda07/index.php. You can view all of the gorilla and monkey photos, as well as a few other miscellaneous people/places shots. There are also a few audio and video clips included.

    This shot is a Best of 2007 Selection

    License this image and see more photos at www.maxwaugh.com. Also become a fan on Facebook.

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    1. Emilia Tjernström [Arriving at the horizon] 78 months ago | reply

      Great pose, really! Also, very nice composition overall.

      (Seen in a thread in Travel Photojournalism)

    2. me is dmtr 78 months ago | reply

      great shot and interesting comment follows

    3. arturodonate 78 months ago | reply

      Wow, great shot!!!

    4. minke33 78 months ago | reply

      That's definitely confidence. Great shot.

    5. apple0hs 77 months ago | reply

      this is a truly amazing photograph. Thank you so much for sharing.

    6. B-listed 75 months ago | reply

      I'm late to the game, I see, but it's a truly great moment you captured

    7. kentclark333 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Favourite Favourites, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    8. mikeallee 71 months ago | reply

      I love this - killer shot

    9. anitam.com 69 months ago | reply

      your image has been featured on my blog's FlickR Friday


    10. Maurizio Casadei 68 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fotografi senza frontiere, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. N A Y E E M 67 months ago | reply

      Absolutely Brilliant.

    12. Dan Lopez H. 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Crónicas y Relatos Ilustrados... Ya viene el segundo relato!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. naugastyle 65 months ago | reply

      Very nice shot. Also, I like what you said on the Travel PJ thread about coming out of your comfort zone to shoot people. Shooting wildlife is out of MY comfort zone :). It's always good to try new challenges!

    14. belthelem 62 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot!
      I have seen this photo at:

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    15. NaPix -- (Time out) 62 months ago | reply

      Christine Lebrasseur is a group moderator Christine Lebrasseur Pro User says:

      Post your picture here and visit the other photos of the thread :)

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    16. NaPix -- (Time out) 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Tell me a story... (Show & Tell), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    17. NaPix -- (Time out) 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Six Million Years of Tinkering, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    18. artLesley* 60 months ago | reply

      really...an excellent shot!

      **CONGRATULATIONS!!**
      I saw this photo in the Member Spotlight Thread in Welcome to my World

    19. Len Radin 58 months ago | reply

      I find meaning in this image. Very well done.

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    20. Justinsoul 51 months ago | reply

      Très bon rendu ce cliché

      Cdt

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