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Lakka, Sierra Leone

Who we are

Lakka lives and breathes beach tourism. We’re used to tourists, we love tourists and we want more tourists! We have a stunning, long beach, plenty of places to sit under an umbrella and enjoy the sun, read a book and sip from a coconut (or sip something stronger).

There are plenty of places for you to stay with us – several privately owned beach quarters and we are busy developing a community owned and operated community tourism facility (under construction right now just as this web site is – so ask us how progress is going when you come by!)

Those of us not involved in tourism support ourselves through fishing, farming, gardening and sand mining.

We are Sherbro, Temne and Mende, Fullah, Limba, Kono and Loko.

History

Lakka was founded by Pa Lakka, a Sherbro fisherman.

Our heroes: Pa David Johnson encouraged investors to develop some of our land so that the youth in our community would have jobs.  Mr Zechariah Douglas is also admired by many of us because he brought investors who constructed a hotel on village land. Mr Bruno Gaston is one of our heroes because of his role in bringing electricity to us!

Sewa River

Banana Island (Ricketts), Sierra Leone

Who we are

Ricketts may take a small effort to get to, but it’s worth it. Our village is located in one of the most beautiful places on earth. We’re part of the Banana Islands (comprised of Mes-Meheux, Dublin and Ricketts). You can reach us by boat – either by taking a boat to Dublin Island and walking the spectacular trail to us or by taking a boat directly to our village. We harvest sea cucumbers, we fish and we farm. We are predominantly Sherbro and Creole.

We’re islanders – and like islanders all over the world, we’re easy-going, friendly and hard working!

History

Ricketts is named after Major H. J. Ricketts who, after retiring from the army, worked in the Liberated African Department of Sierra Leone. He founded numerous villages for newly landed liberated Africans though he later fled Sierra Leone due to his unpopularity with the local population. The town Ricketts itself was founded in 1830 and by 1847 it had grown to  population of 300

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From 1991 through 2002 civil war broke out in the country of Sierra Leone. A large organized group of rebels known as the Revolutionary United Front attempted to take over the country, their main goal being thecontrol of the countries natural resources and primarily the control of diamonds. They were brutal and powerful. They destroyed cities, murdered families, kidnapped and amputated thousands of men, women and children. Many children watched as their parents and siblings were tortured and killed, only to be kidnapped, drugged and forced to become child soldiers. Arms, legs, breasts, tongues, lips, and ears were often amputated in order to strike fear and prevent civilians from voting. Thousands were gang raped and executed in front of their families. The victims of these horrendous acts were often women, children and the elderly. So many were killed that bodies were rotting in the streets of cities and the situation soon became too dangerous for any journalists to remain the country. There is little footage of the horrors that went on in Sierra Leone, all we have now is the evidence of the aftermath of these dreadful happenings.
This may not directly effect you, it probably never will. But all we ask of you is to please help spread the word so that the thousands who have suffered can get the help they deserve. They need prosthetic’s to work and provide for their families, schools to educate their future generations and proper communities.
Please follow Hands for Africa for more information and contact us for ways to help! We are a small non-profit organization with the goal to rebuild the communities effected by blood diamond wars and we hope to spread our wings as far as they will go!
Use the #handsforafrica to spread the word, lets join together to make the world a better place one smile at a time.

From 1991 through 2002 civil war broke out in the country of Sierra Leone. A large organized group of rebels known as the Revolutionary United Front attempted to take over the country, their main goal being thecontrol of the countries natural resources and primarily the control of diamonds. They were brutal and powerful. They destroyed cities, murdered families, kidnapped and amputated thousands of men, women and children. Many children watched as their parents and siblings were tortured and killed, only to be kidnapped, drugged and forced to become child soldiers. Arms, legs, breasts, tongues, lips, and ears were often amputated in order to strike fear and prevent civilians from voting. Thousands were gang raped and executed in front of their families. The victims of these horrendous acts were often women, children and the elderly. So many were killed that bodies were rotting in the streets of cities and the situation soon became too dangerous for any journalists to remain the country. There is little footage of the horrors that went on in Sierra Leone, all we have now is the evidence of the aftermath of these dreadful happenings.

This may not directly effect you, it probably never will. But all we ask of you is to please help spread the word so that the thousands who have suffered can get the help they deserve. They need prosthetic’s to work and provide for their families, schools to educate their future generations and proper communities.

Please follow Hands for Africa for more information and contact us for ways to help! We are a small non-profit organization with the goal to rebuild the communities effected by blood diamond wars and we hope to spread our wings as far as they will go!

Use the #handsforafrica to spread the word, lets join together to make the world a better place one smile at a time.

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Podas podas: Vehicles of cultural meaning

All over sub Saharan Africa from East to West, mini buses have a special name. In Kenya it is Matatu, in Nigeria – Danfor, Ghana – Tro-tro, Guinea – Magbana and in Sierra Leone – Poda poda.

These are public minibuses which ordinarily are just modes of transportation, but interestingly they are dynamic modes of cultural meaning. The drivers adorn the vehicles with popular cultural expressions in a range of forms, from idolizing their favourite music stars like Madonna, to religious sayings “God is great”, to icons from popular English Premier Teams like Arsenal and Chelsea, to classic American icons like Winnie the Pooh, to political messages about capitalism and corruption.

These symbols of popular culture represent linkages to a number of cultural fields, including music, materialism, globalization, history, colonialism, identity, class, economy, media and technology.

At a popular stop for Poda podas on Campbell Street in the centre of Freetown, vehicles passed by with different messages. The most popular were religious sayings – Muslim or Christian – which one could argue reflects the country’s extreme religious tolerance. Asked about his decision to put “Allah is great” on the front of his minibus, Alieu Sesay, a poda poda driver, said, “I believe in Allah and he will protect me and my poda poda. I will make good business.”

Mohamed Gibril, a taxi driver, had a large Union Jack on the front of his taxi. When asked what motivated him, he said, “I like the British – they mean quality. I want my customers to think that I will offer quality service too.”

Full Article by Marisa Zawacki:
http://www.visitsierraleone.org/sierra-leone-news/featured-articles/Podas-podas-Vehicles-of-cultural-meaning.html

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