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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