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The Maasai Children's Welcoming Committee
Submitted: Sep 02, '08
Great Travel Moment
We expected, as we approached the tiny Maasai village in the Serengeti plains of Tanzania, to be greeted with some reserve by the tribal families living there. After all, we clearly were foreigners, wearing very different clothing and speaking a very different language. But what we found upon our arrival was a warm and friendly welcoming committee of young children, who immediately gathered around my daughter to admire her great height, and also to admire her big and noisily ticking watch. The children then led us through their whole village, so that we in turn could admire their goats and cows and thatched homes, and be welcomed by the village elders. Once again I was reminded of how it is children, in particular, who best know how to communicate in the universal language of our common humanity.