"I always dreamt of taking clichés of Africa. Smiling kids: welcome you are in Africa! People busying in a yellow-red dust: welcome you are in Africa! People happy even in the misery: welcome you are in Africa! People with kalashnikov or machetes or anything that would kill, crowds of kids running and laughing, misery, deserts, forests and wildlife: welcome you are in Africa! There is no Africa.
There is no Africa. There are clichés of a fantasized Africa. Stereotypes. A westernized trope of the Heart of Darkness, a mental Heart of Darkness. There are places with names and history. There are people in those places making history. These are kids from Gambella, they were going on a Friday evening to wash, bath, play, chat on the Baro River."
Photo and text by TURKAIRO.