“I SAID NO!!!!”
The index figure in the air accompanied by a breast height horizontal arm motion are the universal sign for, “NO!!!!!!!”. Hi, number one: he might be smiling now but he’s wearing an AK-47. Next: Smile and ask “hi, can I take your picture?” It doesn’t matter that you know he doesn’t speak your language, when he sees you are speaking to him and the camera moves he will make a decision what he wants.
No one got shot and you’d probably have to hit a cow in these parts to get shot but still. In a land where justice is determined with an AK…keep your cool and use your head.
We were on our way here when I took this picture…