The Lost Boys

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

 

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  • Emilia Tjernström 7y

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

    (Seen in a thread in Travel Photojournalism)
  • me is dmtr 7y

    great shot and interesting comment follows
  • Arturo Donate 7y

    Wow, great shot!!!
  • Yu-Hao Lee 7y

    That's definitely confidence. Great shot.
  • apple0hs 7y

    this is a truly amazing photograph. Thank you so much for sharing.
  • B-listed 6y

    I'm late to the game, I see, but it's a truly great moment you captured
  • Kent Clark 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Favourite Favourites, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Mike Allee 6y

    I love this - killer shot
  • anitam.com 6y

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


  • Maurizio Casadei 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fotografi senza frontiere, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Nayeem KALAM 6y

    Absolutely Brilliant.
  • Dan Lopez 6y

    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!
  • nancy 6y

    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!
  • Miguel 5y

    Excellent shot!
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  • N A 5y

    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!
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    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!
  • artLesley* 5y

    really...an excellent shot!

    **CONGRATULATIONS!!**
    I saw this photo in the Member Spotlight Thread in Welcome to my World
  • Len Radin 5y

    I find meaning in this image. Very well done.

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  • Justinsoul 4y

    Très bon rendu ce cliché

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