Sierra Leone

Most people know Sierra Leone from the movie Blood Diamond or from the 2014 Ebola crisis. The tiny country on Africa’s west coast is home to over 6 million people and has a special significance in the history of the transatlantic slave trade as the departure point for thousands of west African captives. The capital, Freetown, was founded as a home for repatriated former slaves in 1787. Despite being among the top ten diamond producing nations and having extensive iron ore reserves, 70% of the country live in abject poverty. More shockingly, 1 in 17 women still die in childbirth, four times higher than the maternal mortality rate in Afghanistan.

Here are some memories of my trip.

A close shave Kroo Bay web.jpgAminata with her family web.jpgCat thief web.jpgDr Tami fully focussed on Zainab web.jpgDream Team baby web.jpgFamily life in Kroo Bay web.jpgFather %26 baby at grave web.jpgFather and daughter Kroo Bay web.jpgGirl with comb Kroo Bay web.jpgGladi Gladi AWC web.jpgHair cut in Kroo Bay web.jpgHow to keep teddy clean web.jpgI missed Gladi Gladi web.jpgLocal goat debate web.jpgMother %26 Baby Kroo Bay Sierra Leone 2016 web.jpgMother %26 daughter Kroo Bay web.jpgNew arrivals web.jpgNew Baby Web.jpgPathway to hell Kroo Bay web.jpgSaluting kid in Kroo Bay web.jpgTeenage Boy Web.jpgToddler in Kroo Bay Sierra Leone 2016 web.jpgVillage baby web.jpgVillage toddler Web.jpgVillage Women Web.jpgWoman with cataracts web.jpgYoung Baby 2 Web.jpgYoung Boy Krro Bay Sierra Leone 2016 web.jpgYoung Girl at AWC Sierra Leone 2016 web.jpgYoung girls in Kroo Bay web.jpgYoung mother %26 baby web.jpgYoung Muslin Girl Web.jpgYoung Village Girl Web.jpgZainab's baby comes into the world web.jpgZainaib's Aunt Web.jpgZainaib's Baby Web.jpg