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This photo was taken soon after my last one, from a journey of one month in West Africa during the winter of 1990.

I was thrilled to witness a visit by the Pope to the city of Bissau, but I was a bit puzzled by how young he looked. I didn't recognize him at all, so I had to accept that he was probably a fake. I actually saw him during the carnival, which filled the usually very quiet city with music, noise and cheerful crowds for a few afternoons. Orchestras were playing, people were dancing down the main streets and many people put on strange dresses.

As a matter of fact the real Pope, John Paul II (known to his Polish compatriots as Jan Paweł) had visited Guinea-Bissay just a few weeks earlier during a quick journey to five West African nations in one week. It is obvious what inspired this young man to deliver blessings to the kids of Bissau.

Here is a larger version.

I have posted another photo as a workshop. Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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