Columban lay missionary Hazel Angwani is from Bontoc, Mountain Province in the Philippines. She is currently on mission in Pakistan. She writes about a recent photograph she took of a Tribal woman.
There is a saying, ‘A picture speaks a thousand words.’ When I took this photo of a woman in one of the villages that we minister to, I was trying to find the right words to describe the scene.
In the end, all I wanted to do was to show my great admiration for the Tribal women here. They are strong, resilient, hardworking and caring.
I am always thankful for witnessing a glimpse of their daily life.
This is my 100-word story on this Tribal woman:
She was cooking tomatoes when I approached her outside the house.
She stood up and smiled, and shook my hand with a grip.
I asked her how she is, and she replied that she’s fine.
She made me sit on the charpai,*
and her kids sat around me.
While I was talking with the children, I took out my phone and took her photo.
And she was happy when I showed it to her.