Are photos of my child genuine?

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I recently received photos of my child supposedly taken on his birthday with an animal he supposedly purchased with my gift. The problem is he will be 6 y/o on his birthday and his cake signified 4. In addition his birthday isn't for another month. Are these photos real? Perhaps older?
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Hi Don! I can certainly understand why that picture of Dagim enjoying his birthday could confuse you! That photo could definitely be an old one as he has not actually received the birthday gift you sent to him for this year quite yet. Those gifts take between two and three months to reach him, so he will most likely receive your gift for this year next month. Since you gave him a gift last year as well, the photo could be from last year. Also, the date of a child's birth isn't always correct for children in African countries, because birthday celebrations are not as central and significant to African cultures as they are to other world cultures. Many parents guess the date of a child's birth, which means they could have just put a candle signifying he is four years old simply because they don't actually know for sure how old he is. From his picture, it looks like they were very close to guessing his age if they did do that. Ethiopia does have a completely separate calendar than the Gregorian calendar that Americans use too. If they are going off of that calendar for his birthday celebration, it would certainly be different than how we calculate his age. Ethiopia is quite a confusing country to explain sometimes, but what matters is that he did receive the gift you sent to him and apparently he really enjoyed it too! I'd definitely encourage you to look at that Ethiopia calendar sometime. It's rather fascinating how different it is from ours. Feel free to ask him about it in a letter as well!
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Does the cake itself say 4? Or the candle? Because maybe it's the only candle they have too... If someone is struggling to buy food, the wouldn't necessarily purchase a new candle each year. I know that some of my kids don't even celebrate at all some years due to lack of funds
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After looking back at the letter containing the photos of my child I found that it was dated 3/11/2015 the day after his birthday last year! It's really no big deal. I was just excited to have additional photos even if they are a year old. Now I have them proudly displayed on my desk as a constant reminder to pray for him all through the day. 

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