the RED badges of courage 023

Sophia says she has been an orphan for a long time and barely remembers her parents. She is cared for by her older sister who shields her from the cruel stigma of neighbours. When Sophia returns home after school, the first thing she does is take off her school uniform and sometimes in anger, rips off the red badge which she associates with isolation from her classmates. Mandazi Town, TanzaniaJune 2010

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