He’s alive! #Ebola survivor Sanfa, 14, caught the the virus while at school in Sierra Leone, a two hour walk from his home village. When news came back from several health officials that he had died, a traditional funeral ceremony was organised, mourners shared a meal and food was set aside to feed his spirit on its journey to the next life. But rumours began to reach the community that he was alive - and when Sanfa returned, the entire village turned out to welcome him.
#herostatus 15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.
Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey - experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.
At least 3,700 children in West Africa have lost one or both parents to #Ebola since the start of the outbreak. Children like 13-year-old Francis from Sierra Leone, who has lost his parents, sister and grandmother to the disease. Meet Francis and learn how a UNICEF supported centre is caring for him and his five-year-old sister Rose: http://uni.cf/10kpPza
Scattered across Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, stand ageing wooden houses (called: bode ose) built in the 18th century. They are over 100 years old and a reminder of the country’s past as a colony.
A music video from Sierra Leone makes it clear: pretty darn amazing. One South African publication calls it the “feel-good video of the year.”
Sierra Leonean rappers Block Jones and the Freetown Uncut Collective have captured people’s exuberance and relief in Bye Bye Ebola, a 3-minute song-and-dance number celebrating the country’s new Ebola-free status.
•|People|• All week we’ve been celebrating the beautiful country of Sierra Leone. We can’t ignore how Ebola has impacted the country. We commend the doctors, nurses and organizations on the ground that are dedicated to saving lives. Let us not forget the families that have been devastated by the Ebola virus. Stay strong Sierra Leone! ✊🏿 #MAPPAfrica
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The Gangá-Longobá are an Afro-Cuban ethnic group who were brought to Cuba via the transatlantic slave trade. After a researcher showed recordings of their songs and dances across Sierra Leone, they discovered a remote village that had the exact same traditions. In this photograph, the Gangá-Longobá and their distant relatives celebrate meeting in their ancestral village in Sierra Leone. “We are not so alone anymore,” Alfredo Duquesne, a Gangá-Longobá man said in “They Are We,” a documentary about the discovery and reunion. “To finally know where you come from and how you came from there. That’s divine.” #afrocuban #cuba #sierraleone #reunion #celebration #ancestry #roots #africa #theyarewe #veryblack