What would you like to see happen in Sierra Leone?

I’d love to see an end to the mineral pillaging of the country. Sierra Leoneans deserve to benefit from their natural resources. I would especially like to see an end to gender violence and sexual exploitation of women and girls by locals, foreign businessmen and aid workers.

And on that note, I went to go see dear friend and colleague, the author Jimmie Briggs, speak about a trip he took to the Congo recently. He said something that I thought was right on the money: people in the Congo aren’t only committing gender violence their communities. I believe that the international community should help equip the Congolese people with the tools necessary to save themselves, as opposed to interlopers charging into these communities on proverbial white horses. I believe that this too applies to Sierra Leone and other so-called Third World countries around the world.

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