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PHOTOS: People Think The Twins Of Abidjan Can Make A Wish Come True

Fousseni and Foussena, age 4

Anush Babajanyan


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Fousseni and Foussena, age 4

Anush Babajanyan

As Armenian photographer Anush Babajanyan wandered by a streets of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, she encountered something she found a bit strange. “I was walking with a crony of cave in a city’s executive district,” she says. “And we started to see twins everywhere.”

Asana and Alasan, age 4

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As they approached a large mosque in town, she saw some-more and some-more of them — congregations of twins, logging about a streets. Most of them were unequivocally immature children, accompanied by their mothers. “And they were personification — with any other and their mothers.”

Every now and then, passers-by would stop to give a kids some money.

“I started to ask around to try to understand,” Babajanyan says. “And that’s when we found out a twins were giving a blessing to those who gave them money.”

Rasidatou and Latifatou, age 4

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Rasidatou and Latifatou, age 4

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In tools of West Africa, people trust that twins have visionary powers. “It is believed that they can make a wish come true,” Babajanyan explains. Intrigued, she hired a French-speaking fixer and went behind to find a twins and their mothers. “I only talked with them for a prolonged time, and we done portraits of those who agreed,” she says.

The ensuing array is a bit of a depart from her other work. Babajan has dedicated many of her career to documenting life in a Caucuses — and recently, she’s been dedicated to documenting a peace-building processes between Armenia and Turkey.

We spoke with a 34-year-old freelance photographer about what attracts her lens, and drives her as a photographer. The talk has been edited for length and clarity.

Zena and Barakis, age 7

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Tell us a some-more about your Twins project. Were a immature twins bashful around a camera, or were they used to being a core of attention?

I would not contend a children were used to cameras. In a integrate of cases, they would start to cry as shortly as they saw me take it out. Of course, to them, I’m a sum foreigner — so before we even asked to take their photo, we would spend a lot of time only unresolved out with them and their mothers. we would play around with them. And then, after a while, if they were comfortable, we would take some pictures.

Did a kids consider they hexed enchanting powers?

It’s tough to unequivocally know to what extend a children consider of themselves as visionary beings. For them, all of this was something typical and healthy — they’d been entrance out to a travel for a prolonged time.

As for a people giving them money, we consider opposite people approached with opposite ideas in mind. But for many of them, they maybe hoped for a best, though some-more than anything we consider they were only honoring this aged tradition. Best case, their wish comes true. But even if it doesn’t, there’s zero bad to come out of this — and during a slightest they’re assisting a children.

Fatoumaba and Zeynab, age 3

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Did we feel a kids were being exploited during all?

The children weren’t operative as such, they were only personification around. And they weren’t there for a whole day — so it wasn’t indispensably that this influenced their preparation during all. Actually, many of a kids we saw out there were too immature for school. Ultimately, this activity fed them — and twins indeed will be means to acquire a vital for a whole family. So we can't decider these mothers for bringing them to a street.

Have we been behind to Abidjan given holding these portraits final year?

No, though we unequivocally wish to go behind and revisit a children!

There was a tiny muster we set adult in Abidjan before we left, and we told a families where it was, and that they should go and see their portraits. we wish during slightest some of them went.

Issif and Inus, age 5

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For many of your career, you’ve had your lens lerned on a Caucuses — highlighting a issue of territorial dispute and war. How does this array fit with a rest of your work?

Armenia is unequivocally bad country. Many countries in Africa — too many, including Ivory Coast — are also poor, But Armenia is also one of those countries where people are unequivocally warm, and they are never reserved. And so is a Ivory Coast.

I always thought, there are adequate issues in my segment to concentration on. But another existence is that we are all connected, as humans, no matter how distant we live from any other.

Maanvi Singh is a freelance author formed in London. Contact her @maanvisings