Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Herein lies the essence of what makes neighbourhood life in a developing country different from your house in suburban North America or Europe.
Walls and Gates. Metal, stone or brick. Two metres high with sharp glass or barbed wire on top and thorny bushes on both sides at the bottom (except of course at the gate, so people and cars have a place to enter, if the guard posted out front lets them in).
Barriers that keep intruders out - but that also keep out little neighbours who are just looking for a playmate on a lonely summer afternoon.