Western Boy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)


Figure 1.-- Western children living in other continents sometimes tend to adopt local costumes, especially when they are with local mates. I think that is normal because children are more flexible than adults and, if parents allow them, the normal attitude is to do as the other boys. Here we have an example from Zaire in the 1980s.

A reader writes, "A little reflection about a topic that I donít know if interests HBC. Western children living in other continents sometimes tend to adopt local costumes, especially when they are with local mates. I think that is normal because children are more flexible than adults and, if parents allow them, the normal attitude is to do as the other boys. Here we have an example from Zaire in the 1980s. The photo was taken in Zaire (today Democratic Republic of Congo). The western child tends to assimilate himself to his mates." Interesting a Dutch boy tells us about his experiences in the Belgian Congo several decades earlier.







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