Taken a little over a month ago, these photos deliver a vision of Sierra Leone many of us share. They show a resilient place - a home - with even more resilient people, making the most when left with so little.
Like most West African countries, Sierra Leone, once rich in resources, has suffered at the hands of colonization, and white and Western Supremacy.
Today - after years of forced enslavement, externally-enforced poverty, unethical deforestation, civil war, and a deadly ebola outbreak - Sierra Leone also finds itself bearing the brunt of western lawmakers' naive and dangerous decision to ignore climate change.
As a result, Sierra Leone is at an even higher risk of losing its most precious natural resource: its people.
On August 14, 2017, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Mount Sugar Loaf broke under the weight of three days of torrential downpour, weeks of flooding, and years of high volume deforestation. Following years of civil war, and a deadly ebola breakout, Mount Sugar Loaf’s shifting sent a deluge of earth and water down its slope, destroying hundreds of homes, lives, and spirits in its path.
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About the organizers:
- khoLi. - Trader of knowledge. Builder of equity. Founder + Director of Khafra. Liberian girl. Lover of the beautiful humans that came together to make this happen.
- Maureen - PhD Student at University of Texas at Austin. Founder + Director of Camp Story International. Sierra Leonean-American working on ways to improve her mother country. Grateful to social media for allowing her to continually procure partners in crime ... and change. <3 (Maureen is also the provider of our #longlivesalone campaign photos.)
- Lolly - United Nations Population Fund Program Specialist. Diligent witness to the human condition.
- Dereque - Deep in international relations + law. Former UN-backed court employee. Founder + Director of Project Pikin.
- Tino - Humble servant of the World Health Organization. Deeply passionate about prevention and control of communicable diseases and public health. Yes, especially on the African continent and other low- and middle-income countries.