This is Simba's bird cage.
He made it out of a cardboard box and stitched it together with string. He currently has two songbirds, but is saving up to buy more (at one Metical, or three cents, apiece).
While most young boys like to kill birds and eat them, Simba prefers to put them in a house. He's an unusually sweet and conscientious little boy.
Their favorite food, he claims, is xima.
"Just like me!" He says. "They're my friends."