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Trip Start Nov 28, 2003
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Trip End Feb 27, 2004


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Friday, February 6, 2004

SL is kicking on, its always a bit of a surprise when I look at my diary and see how little time I have left. It's a bit of a quantum leap from when I first arrived I know but the place is growing on me... or at least it is today, I will probably have changed my mind about that at least 3 more times this week.

The work Im doing is really chugging along, the kids are coming up with some really interesting work and they have some fuckin out there stories to tell. Its sometimes a challenge deciding if some of the stories actually need telling or if they are just to horrible and everyone knows them cos they have all experienced it. But other stories I have not expected and I think they are important to get out there... sexual abuse of children being a big one. As for the war content these people are the most forgiving people I've every come across, half of them don't even see the need to persecute the perpetrators of the war cos its all over and done with now! Forgiven, just like that.... Maybe this forgiveness is less so for the amputees since their wounds are so obvious. But everyone has been touched by the war and while they are passionate in their re-telling of the events they are also more than happy to leave past as past and move on.

So I am working my arse of, which is exhausting in this heat but I can take a holiday when I get back to Europe. I'm also having to control my shopping, since a lot of things I can get here are a bloody sight cheaper than anywhere else... but I have to keep reminding myself that after Sierra Leone I go back to being a backpacker and I have to carry all this crap... But I don't think I'm going to be able to resist getting a bullet proof t-shirt from the Kamajoh's... its just too Sierra Leonean to pass up ;0)

Please forgive my lack of emails but I'm either working or sleeping at the moment... But I will try to keep you all posted on any developments.
Lots love
Gemma
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