Kuto had always been a bit of an outsider. He was born in the United Republic of Tanzania, but his parents had both emigrated from Kenya. As a result, Kuto looked different from most of his classmates. His skin was darker and his hair was a honey blonde buzz cut instead of the traditional black African hair. Even his mustache was different; it was shaped like Super Mario’s mustache instead of the thin line mustaches that were popular in Tanzania.
However, it wasn’t just Kuto’s looks that made him feel like an outsider. He also didn’t quite fit in with the other kids at school. He wasn’t very good at sports and he preferred to spend his time reading books or playing video games rather than hanging out with friends. As a result, Kuto often felt lonely and isolated from those around him.
One day, after another long day at school where he felt like no one wanted to talk to him, Kuto decided to walk home by himself instead of waiting for the bus with everyone else. On the way home, he passed by a group of boys who were hanging out near some shops. They called out to him and asked if he wanted to buy some candy they had stolen from one of the shops.