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The People of Pelewanhun, Sierra Leone | by Humanitarian Photographer
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The People of Pelewanhun, Sierra Leone

Tucked deep in the forests of Kono, Sierra Leone, lies the village of Pelewanhun. The people here live a very difficult, but simple life.

 

This is their story.

 

As members of the Kono tribe, they are descendants of Guinea who migrated to Sierra Leone some three hundred years ago to live as peaceful hunters. Today, this now mostly farming community lives hundreds of miles from electricity and running water—their survival dependent on the land and natural resources.

 

They use primitive tools to build their houses and grow food to feed their families. The little that is leftover from a harvest (stable crops are beans, rice, corn and cassava) is taken to market on one of the few motorcycles that pass through the village. Profits earned from the sale of their crops go toward purchasing basic cooking supplies and tin roofs for their homes, as well as help toward the cost of medical care and sending their children to school in the city.

 

They are a hardworking people, but the yield of their crops is not as high as it could be—simply because they can’t afford enough tools to farm the land. And sickness, often brought on by drinking contaminated water from the Kunda (their only water source), keeps them from working to their greatest potential.

 

You can give their story a better ending.

Their story deserves a better ending.

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Taken on March 18, 2013