The kingdom that China just can’t flip

Date: June 8, 2018
By: David McKenzie and Brent Swails, CNN

Mbabane, Swaziland (CNN)When 15-year-old Nozipho Mpapane first arrived at the

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temple as a tiny child, she thought the hundreds of white statues inlaid into the walls were dolls to play with.

“Then they told me it was the Buddha. And I said, ‘oh, so this is the supreme being,'” she recalls.

Now, nine years on, she chants Buddhist mantras from memory daily alongside hundreds of other children at the Amitofo Care Center in southern Swaziland.
Ages 3 to 19, the children come to the center as orphans or from poor families; they will leave with an education that includes Kung Fu, Buddhism, and Chinese.

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