It’s nice to remember what was life for me back when I was in Sierra Leone. I lived mostly in Bo, the disrict literally in the middle of the map and moved to work in 2 other districts in the border of Guinea – Koidu and Liberia – Kailahun. Life on the road was not easy but I enjoyed it for the view and with the people I work with and the people I encounter.
I was there to help after the crisis they faced with the militia where many were mimed and rendered disabled … provided the much needed care for the disabled. I grew up and learn more about the people and life everybody live in order to survive to continue living. I had the best time — and i wanted to go back!
It is sad that now the country is faced once again with this tragic epidemic of Ebola. Its spreading and though not all are affected by the disease other parts of the country is cut off even to the smallest unit – their families, the impact is hard on the people. Food is becoming an issue, mobility and even access to health care because hospital staffs are refusing to work because of fear of contracting the disease and dying themselves. I salute those that continue to help in spite of the danger both local and foreign aid workers, you all are brave!
This is my way of encouraging you to think of Sierra Leone and other countries affected and offer a prayer for healing and recovery. Give them hope and reach out the best you can.
its in the middle of the bush …
the catch of the day is what’s served in most places — fresh baracuda galore!
during the war or just crazy driver nobody can tell …
look what this woman has to carry
my driver then tired from driving around in bad roads
palm trees and rice field in Kailahun
remnants of the war
the town — bordering to Liberia
preparing our meal of potato leaves, ground nut soup and fish
another one of those community hut
during harmatan the city is covered in red dust and during the dry season its much worst
typical transport system in the bush
Community hut in the middle of the town used for all meetings
View from the Lumley Beach Sierra Leone / 2006
typical house in the bush — its dark, smokey but cool during summer and warm during rainy season all made from mud
more roads to go
time for a drink
all health advises are posted on the wall for everyone to see
during community visit
another health center
from the air
more of them everywhere …
it’s tedious — how to make palm oil from palm nuts
the road to the health center — people have to walk miles to get help
One of my colleague riding the dug out canoe
uphill looking down new london
by the hill
Weighing station during morning nutrition health check … i wonder how is this boy now?
for a telephone company
beautiful nurses from the health center wearing their traditional dresses complete with head piece
another one of those broken down building but still used to care for the sick
Where drinking water is collected by women from the village
you have them everywhere all looking intently at you because I am “chinese woman” even though I am not
used to be a problem in the country is Tse Tse fly that causes blindness — now its controlled and people know how to protect themselve
the regular transport … including livestocks
important part of the celebration to scare of the evil one has to wear the devil costume