Zubeida – one year later – ein Jahr später

The other day I met Zubeida again. Her son is now one year old. She‘s living now with her husbands family in a beautiful area in Ukunda.
We spent the whole day together. With her aunt and her grandma she prepared a delicious lunch. After we went to the nearby river. It‘s a very quiet place far from the dusty roads of Ukunda city. Sitting under the huge Mango tree and a cool breeze is flattering you makes you wish to stay longer.

Neulich traf ich Zubeida mit ihrem inzwischen einjährigen Sohn wieder. Sie lebt mit der Familie ihres Ehemannes in einer malerischen Gegend in Ukunda.

Mit ihrer Tante und ihrer Oma bereitete sie uns ein leckeres Mittagessen zu. Danach machten wir einen kleinen Ausflug zum nahe gelegenen Fluss. Es ist ein sehr ruhiger Ort weit weg von den staubigen Straßen der Stadt Ukunda. Unter dem riesigen Mangobaum sitzend und umschmeichelt von einer kühlen Brise, wächst der Wunsch,  länger dort verweilen zu können.

This time for Africa


One morning I set out with the idea to take photographs of objects with structure and strong colors. But things most often turn out differently to what you think.
I’ve been on Ukunda’s main road for a while without finding anything to inspire me. So I decided to go on an adventure down small dirt roads.
After a short while already a flock of barefooted children followed me, calling Jambo (=Hello) and demanding sweets or money.
One of the boys, their leader as it seemed, whispered in my ear how he wishes for a ball.
I liked this idea and to my question whether all others would be able to play too, he answered that they had a Football team but no ball anymore.
So we set out to buy a ball and the whole team followed right behind me.
After, the very happy children lead me to their Football field. An uneven playing field amidst clay huts, two poles and a string between them as goal. They also asked for a name for their Football team, seeing as the lion is the most famous and strong animal around and their village is Kibundani, a district of Ukanda with a country feel, I decided on Kibundani Lions, or in Suahili:
Kibundani Simba
Happiness can be this simple.