Posts Tagged ‘sierra leone’
I’m watching the live feed of the Taylor trial happening in The Hague. I’m sitting at my hotel in Freetown, with a few Sierra Leonean staff, as a defense lawyer drags out what sounds like character assassination against someone I’ve never heard of (and possibly also against Mia Farrow?) in order to un-assassinate Campbell’s character. [...]
Today I withdrew cash at a bank in Freetown. A dollar here is worth almost 4,000 leones, and the largest bill they print is 10,000. “Wait until you smell the money,” people always tell me before I come here. It’s true, or it was: money so dirty it had a special scent that rubbed off [...]
Okay, I have no idea. That’s a teaser, one designed especially for Twitter. Sometimes, it takes a bit of cyberwhoring to get a click or two… I actually have no idea how to bring peace anywhere, but I want to know. Which is why I’m spending these coming months wandering around Africa for the Pulitzer [...]
I had a great time this afternoon with the ladies of the comparative religion class at St. Mary’s Academy in leafy downtown Portland. Thanks, ladies, for sharing your knowledge of ‘primal religions’ with me, and letting me share a little bit from my work in Africa with you.
I had a nice little list going, centered on the most outrageous element of all: a form letter for anti-Letterman protestors–egged on, in spirit at the very least, by Sarah Palin and the exeuctive produer of Sarah Palin Radio (“Governor Palin’s own ‘friendly’ media,” according to the site). The sample letter accuses Letterman’s advertisers of [...]
Some of you might remember my series on grassroots reconciliation in Sierra Leone. Fambul Tok is a local program in every sense–started by a Sierra Leonean, run by Sierra Leoneans, and welcomed by villages that want to use their traditional culture to help overcome the legacy of war. It’s not a requirement of the UN, [...]