Published: March 22nd 2011March 22nd 2011
Isn't he something! I wish I had his joi de vivre; he has nothing, but everything that's worthwhile in life.
I just had to share this photo. It's not very well focused because it was a snapshot and my little friend was in motion. But I think this kid is simply awesome.
I work in development and I'm now in South Sudan
which, after a recent referendum, has decided to become an independent country. Hopefully this will end years of conflict with the predominantly Muslim North. There was a so-called Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, but things won't stabilize until after independence later this year.
I get very - VERY
- cynical about this business, but this fellow reminded me what it should
be about - and all too often isn't. If we can set someone like this bright spark on the right track, then perhaps (to quote a senior and rather bitter colleague) it will not have been "all in vain".
More on South Sudan to come.