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    Although Burkina Faso's population is among the youngest in the world, with almost 50% younger than 12 years, sadly the country also has one of the highest infant mortality rates. The ones who survive the tender and critical infancy are free to play - almost everywhere. Reina and her friends are happily playing on the main minaret of the Grand Mosque in Bani during Eid al-Fitr while their parents are praying below at the mosque.
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    Great angle, these spikes add up to the tension of this childhood games that we all look back to with some nostalgia... thanks!

    Matthieu Paley
    National Geographic Photographer
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    Date Taken: Jul 17, 2014
    Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2015
    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    Focal Length: 24 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec
    Aperture: f/2.8
    ISO: 400
    Copyright: © Matjaz Krivic
    Categories: Travel, Portraits, People
    Assignments: Quest for Happiness, Transitions: As The World Turns
    Contests: 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest