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A Nomad Playground in Opuwo

Updated: Jan 31

"There is a tribe in Africa where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that the child was a thought in its mother’s mind."

One of my highlights in Opuwo, Namibia 🧸


Reconnecting with the simple joy of playing with children has been a cherished experience for me. While engaging in philanthropic endeavors in the Philippines, I was fortunate to be surrounded by numerous girls and boys, their vibrant energy a constant source of inspiration. Recently, my journey led me to the Himba children in Opuwo, Namibia, who exude love and compassion in abundance.


As I stepped out of my car, a heartwarming scene unfolded - the Himba children rushed towards me, eagerly grasping my hands. Their immediate instinct to not only hold but gently caress my palms and arms revealed a deep understanding of the sense of touch. This act, both curious and speculative, prompted an explanation. It was revealed that once these children can stand, typically around the age of three, the mothers cease displaying overt compassion, and the children continue their upbringing alongside siblings, cared for by the entire village community.



Reflecting on this cultural insight, I'm reminded of a beautiful excerpt from an African "birth song" that encapsulates the unique perspective on the inception of life: "There is a tribe in Africa where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor from when they are conceived but from the day that the child was a thought in its mother’s mind." This profound connection between parent and child, expressed through a shared song, is a testament to the rich tapestry of traditions and values embedded in the Opuwo children's upbringing.


With ♥,

Mimi / Style Tourista

Mimi, Style Tourista, Mimi Ciccone, Style Tourista main character

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