This photo was taken along the Zambia/DRC border in Luapula Provice, northern Zambia. Connecting with my brother who is a Peace Corps Volunteer in the region we stopped at another volunteer’s village for lunch. As we got acquainted, listened to her amazing stories and were introduced to her neighbors and the local village kids life casually went on around us. It was a beautiful opportunity to observe and experience a taste of Zambian village life. The Zambians were incredibly warm, hospitable, and incredibly respectful. The children were curious, shy, and always beaming brilliant smiles.
While there is no doubt that they lack many of the common niceties we enjoy – running water, electricity and all the creature comforts that go with it – they had a lust for life, and a richness that most of us are sorely missing.