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Bandiagara, Mali
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Sharing monkey bread from the tree of life. Bandiagara  Mali

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.