- Posted July 30, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The Africa we don't see
Children of Ethiopia II.
- taliaday, CNN iReport producer
Beautiful, bright smiles and loud cheering were waiting upon me as I made my way down to the south part of Ethiopia this July.
Children herding cows, goats or riding their stubborn donkeys to fetch water stopped and greeted me waving, dancing and chanting along the bumpy road.
I was so fascinated by them, their smart faces, their personalities that I wanted to take all this with me home. Suddenly there was I, finding myself taking photos of them, so that they can stay with me and remind me what childhood is all about, no matter where you are born.
This time, I have decided to focus on the bright side of life and not on their struggles. It is a hard task since their every day is affected by those difficulties. All I wanted is to spend a day trying to capture that honest smile, playful moment that everyone else shares when they are kids.