Changing Our World
Edited by Zachary D. Kaufman
Chapter 2: I pray never to see again what I saw': The National Vision for Sierra Leone
2. ‘I pray never to see again what I saw’: The National Vision for Sierra Leone Sophie Raseman and Anthea Zervos ‘I Saw’ by Mohamed Sekoya1 I saw the atrocities in Sierra Leone Yes I saw I saw the people running for their lives from cities to towns, towns to villages, villages to the bush Yes I saw I saw rebels, Sierra Leone Army and Kamajors shooting in the streets, killing, attacking and looting Yes I saw I saw children crying for food Yes I saw I saw abomination between man and woman, man and man, woman and woman, adults and children Yes I saw I saw a victim helping a victim Yes I saw I saw the United Nations peacekeeping forces and I was happy Yes I saw I saw the rebels coming home for peace Yes I saw I pray never to see again what I saw in my beloved Sierra Leone PREFACE: ARTEMIS CHRISTODULOU On May 23, 2004, Artemis Christodulou, a founding member of the National Vision for Sierra Leone (NVSL), was in a near-fatal car accident outside the remote town of Lunsar, Sierra Leone. Years later, she is still recovering from the serious head injuries she suffered in the crash and is cared for by her family at their home in Massachusetts. It is impossible to overstate the deep sorrow and devastation experienced after the accident by all who know this courageous young woman. Artemis was, and still is, a beacon of light and inspiration for...
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