Oliver Twist in Africa

Still in Mpulungu, the little town at the shore of Lake Tanganyika. It is the main road we are looking at. Seemed by small shops selling all you can wish for. Do you see the belts hanging by the small casket full of watches. And have you already detected the painted watch on the casket’s cover. You can spend hours just sitting on the low concrete foundation all the shacks are built on and watch the mamas pass by, watch the shop owners haggling over the prize with the mamas that bargain with loud voices and even louder laughter. It’s the place where a little, curious boy might find its adventures. He looks like a boy running home from school, but let’s just imagine he is a poor orphan, making a living from half-criminal activities. Who knows? What does it matter? Probably, he is the African Oliver Twist?

(Copyright by Michael Schilliger, 2009)


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