Photographer's Note

The children in Tado loved posing for the camera, often pleading to have their photo taken. The girl in the back was timid to join the others, but was also highly curious. She had difficulty walking and had to use crutches, reason unknown. The "background" image of a person with a physical disability was common. I encountered many people in Togo who used crutches, make-shift wheelchairs, or sat on the ground with twisted legs. Many childhood diseases are just now being treated there.

The last documented case of polio in Togo was 2003. Given the close proximity to Nigeria, one of the three main poliovirus reservoirs in the world, the ongoing risk of importations remains high. Ministries of Health in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Togo as well as those in Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon will conduct synchronized National Immunization Days (NIDs) targeting children aged < 5 yrs. (World Health Organization)

Note I am now adding to all photos with from Togo with children: in 2006, an estimated over 300,000 Togolese children were in slavery.

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