We are aware of the role Friends have played in the events that led to the founding of Freetown and in working for peace, and we feel closer to their benevolence since Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, our country of choice, was a settlement of freed slaves. The hope then for Freetown was for it to be a ‘Province of Freedom,” but, unfortunately, the hoped-for utopia failed to materialise. The “Province of Freedom” became a failed state and, later, one of the world’s poorest countries.
Sierra Leone was devastated by the civil war - leaving tens of thousands dead and thousands more with limbs amputated. In 2014, it was the epicentre of the deadly Ebola virus epidemic, followed by floods, a landslide that killed many people in 2017, a cholera epidemic in 2019, and we are now dealing with COVID 19 and its lingering impact.