Update 9 August 2021: Kid shared distressing news that due to rebels moving into Lalibela, he is having to flee the violence…
This smiling teenager walked up to me and asked if I needed help. He’d seen me pace up and down the street looking for something. I told him that I’d dropped a pair of sunglasses. He introduced himself as Kid and offered to find the glasses. “This is my village”, he said, pointing to the set of houses behind the street we were standing on. If you lost something here, someone will have found it and I’ll discover who has.
Within a few minutes, he came back and announced he’d located the person who’d found the glasses. Kid then led me to a house to wait for the person to return. Soon a schoolgirl walked through the door and handed the sunglasses back to me.
Kid then invited me to join him and his cousins at his house nearby to have a coffee. As I joined him there, he introduced me to his cousins and his aunt. As we got to know each other, he shared about his life, took pictures and exchanged contact details and said goodbye. Since then, we’ve kept in touch via Messenger.