The boy clings to his caregiver while holding his teddy firmly amongst the adult commotion around him. The viewer does not know what is happening but there is a sense of trepidation. It is as if the people have been stamping the red African soil in protest or in desperation. One sees a lonely child in and adult world full of fear and suffering.
In contrast the tattered teddy gives warmth and hope of a better future. An object far removed from Africa yet universal in its ability to soothe a child.