“Does Your Skin Become Black as Mine? ” 「あなたの肌の色も、私の肌の色のように黒くなる?」

A 11 years old kid asked me in a village in Rwanda:

“Does your skin color turn to as black as my skin color if you stay in Rwanda?”

ルワンダの村で11歳の男の子に聞かれました。

「あなたもルワンダにいたら、私たちのように肌が黒くなる?」

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–Usamase Ownera, 11 years old.
–His dream is to become a minister.

–彼の夢は、大臣になること。

I was a little surprised that they are very conscious about their skin color.
They were curious and asked me many questions, but it was one of first questions.
How would you answer to this question?

私は彼らの質問に少し驚きました。彼らが自分たちの肌の色をとても意識していることにきづかされたからです。

彼らはとても好奇心旺盛で、私にたくさん質問をしましたが、この質問は最初の方に出てきた質問でした。

あなただったら彼のこの疑問にどう答えますか?

I get darker when I am exposed to sunlight.

私は日焼けはするけれど、どんなに焼けてもそこまで肌の色は変わらない。

Sunlight is very strong in Rwanda because it is close to the equator. Its distance to the equator is about 134 miles (216 km. Distance between its capital Kigali and the equator.)
I experienced headache and feeling of sick after exposure in the sunlight for a few hours.

赤道から216 km の場所にあるルワンダの首都キガリでの日光はとても強い。

Rwandans, even children there, know it is not good to be exposed in strong sunlight for a long time.
They try to be in shade. Some of them use umbrella, but it seems umbrellas are not affordable for most of them.

ルワンダの人も傘を日傘に使っていたが、傘を持つ金銭的余裕がある人は稀なようだ。

Children are smart. They try to cover their head with their clothes.

しかし子供たちはとても賢く、服を頭にかぶって日光をしのいでいた。

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–Ihiwape, 9 years old.
–His dream is to become a pastor.

–彼の夢は、牧師になること。

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