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She watched me for over an hour as I took pictures and played with the people from her village.

She knew I was aware of her. I motioned her to come over several times. Each time she refused. Not even three pieces of candy would bring her closer for me to say hello.

I knew if I approached her she would run away. I also knew any connection we would make would be on her terms.

Tired and hungry, I sat for a quick break to eat a bread and Cheese Wiz sandwich. It was my first and actually not bad when you are super hungry.

Suddenly, I saw a small hand on my forearm. Like a bird landing on my shoulder to rest, I moved very slowly and said… “kamusta ka?” She smiled and few away.