The Iron Man of Wales, and the Iron Men and Women of Ngbotima

As Sierra Leone contemplates the long road to recovery, they are facing new challenges, new obstacles to overcome. But this weekend they will have a new champion facing his own heroic (and frankly insane) struggle in support of their efforts.

OSM OMG!

I’ve made about four attempts at writing this today and it’s proved surprisingly difficult. What, in the end, can you say about someone so amazing, hard working, caring and so utterly deserving of recognition? Nevertheless, I promised an update about something good and, finally and thankfully, here it is: What a nice thing, to be…

One about Rex.

Here’s some film from our last day in Freetown, August of last year. Rex drove us around Freetown that afternoon. You can see his blue-gloved hands on the wheel in the video. He drove us all round the city in the choking traffic as we ran our errands in the rain. He would drop us…

Just another Monday…

One year on and we are there again. Kaffu Bullom, a Chiefdom of Port Loko district. A wonderful Chiefdom on the peninsular, surrounded by the sea, home to the airport and numerous ferries and boat crossings to Freetown. If it were in England I would describe it as wooded but here we say it is…

Some fantastic news. 

We sit here, in our London flat, Georgie and I. Georgie’s bags are packed and ready and we are getting set for the trip out to Heathrow and for Georgie’s final stint in Sierra Leone. It feels like a long time now since I left there in August. A very long time since we first…

Lockdown

Georgie writes: Imagine it is Christmas time or a birthday or something important and you want to get home to be with people you love and feel comfortable around. You start the journey home by packing your things, booking travel. You get to the station, find the right train and get a seat, and as…

Looking towards an Ebola-free future for Sierra Leone

Five weeks in to her latest posting and Georgie is keeping up her 8am-8pm 7 day a week schedule. The number of new cases seems finally to be declining across the three countries most affected by this outbreak but there is still plenty of work to be done. Now complacency becomes a threat as communities…

The Happy Shower!

Georgie will be on the BBC World service this evening at 7:30 talking about her role and IMC’s work with pyscho-social support in Sierra Leone. She was interviewed for a programme called ‘Health Check’ and I’ll post a link from the iplayer as soon as it’s up. From talking to her this week it sounds like…

Georgie in the news

Well here we are in 2015 and Georgie is back in Freetown again. I could update you on what she’s up to or I could just direct you to this article in today’s Guardian that explains it far better and contains a quote from Georgie herself. The report that is linked to in the first paragraph was…

Do we know it’s Christmas time at all?

“Do you want me to bring anything else when I meet you at the airport?” Georgie’s reply was as rapid as it was surprising: “Pret a Manger Christmas Sandwich. Actually, any Christmas sandwich. Christmas sandwich!” Apparently, despite having been in West Africa since October, Georgie knows it’s Christmas time, an’ all. And judging by the…