British award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker Michele D’Acosta is seeking to transform the lives of 170 African polio victims who are struggling to stay alive in the former British colony of Sierra Leone. With the help of an international photography competition, D’Acosta’s goal is to bring global attention to the desperate plight of these forgottenContinue reading “EXPOSURE”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

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.

The Nomad Commentaries

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”

Fork in the road

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. 

Faith, hope and love

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Pademba Road

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”

Make Peace

This man has polio. This is his home. This is the toilet he shares with more than 200 people. A fellow resident returns home after work. The child of a polio sufferer plays with his ‘toys’. This is how one man walks to work. The Peace Project is helping to transform the lives of thousandsContinue reading “Make Peace”

Where is Peace?

Image by benzpics63 via Flickr I struggled to make sense of the world in which I lived until I went to Sierra Leone to work for peace. Related articles Nicholas (micheledacosta.wordpress.com) TEDxDirigo – Libby Hoffman – Forgiving the Unforgiveable – YouTube (micheledacosta.wordpress.com) Everything is broken (micheledacosta.wordpress.com) How The Other Half Loves… (micheledacosta.wordpress.com) Britain can helpContinue reading “Where is Peace?”

How The Other Half Loves…

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…”