Huh?

Snapshots and anecdotes of my current travels.

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A past blog, if you’re curious:

http://senegalmaya.blogspot.com/

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2 thoughts on “Huh?

  1. Anna

    Maya I am living vicariously through your dazzling adventures!!! Keep writing, can’t wait to see you!

  2. Anca

    Maya, my comment is apropos the land mine museum, but I am not sure where it will be posted.

    Just wanted to tell you that for many years after WWII there were many accidental victims of unexploded devices in Europe; not land mines but all sorts of explosives devices that did not blow up when they were supposed to. Most of the times they were in vacant urban lots where the city kids would play hide and seek and sometimes find what they were not supposed to. They would pick up a grenade or kick some other device and either blow themselves up or, as was mostly the case with those I did meet, have their fingers blown away. I knew several people like that.

    To add insult to injury, the communist regime would hide these people because, you see, it was supposed to be a perfect society in all possible ways. That meant that people with the slightest physical defect would be made as invisible as possible. Those kids would go to special schools,with children with more severe and often mental handicaps, even though they were only different from the “normal people” in their missing fingers. That made the rest of the world see them as even more handicapped, adding an aura of monstrosity to them and thus creating even more intolerance versus any person with any defect.

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