Election Day Photos

by Brooks

I ask one of assault rifle toting soldiers if I’m allowed to take photos. He says, “ask the guy with the star on his hat.”

From the floor above, the boss of the soldiers watches over the outdoor basketball court that has been re-appropriated as a polling station for election day. He looks down on me as I approach. When I ask about photos, he responds, “What for?”

“Oh, we’re just tourists, interested in the election,” I say.

“No,” he says.

“Oh, uh, it’s for…” I look at Kinga, trying to think of the right word, “…journalism,” I say, looking back at him.

He kind of shrugs and says okay, so I say thanks and give him the thumbs up before he changes his mind.