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The Curse of the Were-Rabbit


The Wallace and Gromit movies are hilarious. They are for kids, but adults probably enjoy them as much or more than the kids. One of the movies was Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I think in the movie the rabbits were making off with the prize produce and Wallace and Gromit were out to catch the wicked animals. It's been a long time since I watched it, so I don't remember how it turned out! Recently we were at an event that was also attended by a wicked rabbit.

There is a couple here in Niamey who have a children's home. The children who live with them are not adoptable but they are children who have been abandoned or who are at risk in their homes. If it weren't for Josie and Bernard, they would probably be street kids. There are about 30 kids who live at CSEN, the name of the center. Recently they celebrated their 10th year anniversary and had a big celebration to which many people were invited.

I take a group of Sahel students to the orphanage every other Wednesday just to play with the kids. One of the babies is my little buddy and he usually sits with me in church on Sunday mornings.

Many speeches were made, including this one by Mama Josie. Some of the children sang and danced. I don't know who the man was, aside from the fact that he was the m.c.! The big moment came when the American Ambassador got up to give her speech. She has been involved there in giving donations and the Marines give Christmas presents. She is well-liked by Nigeriens and the American community alike as she never puts on airs. She is very friendly and personable. Anyway, as she was giving her speech, a white rabbit was hopping around. It was his yard and his territory, after all. He was getting closer and closer to the Ambassador and John and I were surprised that very few people even noticed him. He hopped closer and closer to the Ambassador....who at the moment was wrapping up her speech with a verse from the Bible...then he hopped right up to her foot and bit her on the foot! She yelped and looked down and that was when everybody noticed the wicked bunny! She recovered quickly and had a good laugh along with everybody else. That's part of the reason she is so well liked!

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Katie Barker said…
I can't imagine a rabbit coming up so close and then biting her. I wish there would have been a picture of that!! Sounds like quite a ministry that they have there.

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