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Foosball

by on July 18, 2013

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BY SHELBY WOLFE

A few of us went out to make some feature photos early in the day in May before heading to our sites. As we were weaving our way through the crowds, we came across three rusty, lop-sided foosball tables that stood to the side of the chaotic street of Arat Kilo Square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In the midst of car horns, vendors on the street, people yelling in Amharic, and masses of people trying to catch the next bus or taxi, more than a dozen street kids came together to play this game.

We talked to the kids and asked them if we could take some photos. They laughed and kept playing. The way these children were sharing and enjoying this game together represents Ethiopia’s collectivist culture in which people share ideas, values, and common interests.

They look out for their neighbors, and become stronger in unison rather than as individuals. They make time to do things together, and welcome anyone who wants to join.

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