Making a living in one of the very poorest parts of the world is a big achievement. But what if your livelihood was then swept away, literally? What would it take to start it again?
Makeri looked sad and frustrated as he stood in front of the remains of his home. Making a living in Dwazark Farm isn’t easy but he had managed it. Now everything lay in ruins.
The mudslides had been sudden and devastating. Dwazark Farm is a small but crowded shanty town in the heart of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Thousands of people are packed together, in fragile makeshift homes.
The torrential downpours of August 2017 caused flash flooding. This, in turn, triggered a landslide that eroded over 200 acres of Mount Sugar Loaf, on the outskirts of Freetown.
It was devastating: 500 bodies were later retrieved from the mud, while hundreds more were never found.
‘I have lived in this community for so long but I’d never seen such devastation,’ Makeri remembers. ‘My family and I weren’t able to save anything and only had the clothes we were wearing that night.’