The subject of this week’s photo challenge is patterns. In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture which means PATTERN to you! The exterior of a house in Sierra Leone, West Africa. My heart is drawn to the pattern of neglect, the pattern of deterioration.
The Peace Project, an international social movement that I work with in Sierra Leone, changed this man’s life by giving him a pair of crutches. I took this photograph in May 2012 during one of The Peace Project’s crutch distribution efforts in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Commentary No. 1 “Anguish and grief, like darkness and rain, may be depicted; but gladness and joy, like the rainbow, defy the skill of pen or pencil. – Frederick Douglass. Commentary No. 2 I wander away from the screen Tear holes in the routine. For a brief moment, I have time on my hands. WhereContinue reading “The Nomad Commentaries”
A gentleman whose leg was forcibly amputated by a child soldier during the civil war in Sierra Leone takes his first steps with a new pair of crutches that were donated to him by The Peace Project. I photographed him as he navigated the rush hour traffic in Sierra Leone’s capital city.
With your innate superiority you carve your God into a mountain. My God is carved on sand and will never know security. If I eat well tonight you will not starve. In June of this year I met a community of polio survivors who live on Pademba Road in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The majority of the menContinue reading “Pademba Road”
Today I was invited to speak about my work with The Peace Project at the International Women’s Day event in Hastings, Sussex. I’m delighted to say that not only did I receive a huge amount of support for The Peace Project but I had two laptops available for women to cast their votes in anContinue reading “International Women’s Day”
As some of you may know I work for a small charity called The Peace Project (www.thepeaceproject.com). The focus of our charity has been on distributing crutches to thousands of amputees and polio sufferers in Sierra Leone backed up by our philosophy that the first step to sustainable peace is personal mobility. In Sierra Leone,Continue reading “Peace and Illumination”
The Polio Victims Association Home in Grafton, near Freetown, Sierra Leone. June, 2011. On June 13, 2011, I visited The Polio Victims Association Home in connection with my work for The Peace Project. Polio respects no boundaries. In Sierra Leone, the bombing of all hospitals and health facilities and the evacuation of aid workers duringContinue reading “How The Other Half Loves…”
In Sierra Leone everything is broken in pieces strewn apart. My ancestors’ medals for slavery that were pinned to their chests are now pinned to the water. The connection to my African language is broken; and when English is spoken here, the English is broken. Today in Freetown it’s aching with rain. I’m outside theContinue reading “Everything is broken”