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Sharing monkey bread from the tree of life.
One of the many children who accompanied me on my trek through the Dogon Country of Mali, a wild and desolate landscape bisected by the pink sandstone cliffs of Bandiagara.

Slipping a small dry hand in mine, this little boy walked beside me for several miles, gallantly insisting on carrying my pack. Before he returned home, he climbed a baobab tree and offered me a parting gift I had no idea how to eat. Slowly, patiently, as one would with a child, he explained how to split the fruit’s shell to reveal its fuzzy white seeds – and then he fed them to me, one by one.

Bandiagara, Mali