Being Lekoa in Botswana

14 Dec

I am Irish-Canadian, very pale and have light brown hair that’s highlighted blonde by the sun. I am very obviously “lekoa” (white) and stick out a lot here in Botswana. I spent a summer in Guatemala where I also obviously stood out, but I wasn’t there long enough to truly appreciate what it’s like to be a minority, and specifically what it’s like to be white in a predominantly non-white developing country.

First and foremost, being white attracts far more attention than I’m used to, particularly from men. I have never walked into bar here and not been hit on, I am constantly whistled at when I’m walking, and I have even had men pet me.

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One Response to “Being Lekoa in Botswana”

  1. marnie rice December 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    Kyla- Sounds very similar to what I experienced travelling with Greg 40 years ago in Iran! Have a wonderful Christmas with your mom & Colin!
    Love
    The Rice family

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