Fellows Blog Posts by nicholassabin

Jul 22, 2008 SL Sierra Leone


Musa Kamara is a simple man.  He lives in small hut in a remote region of the Sierra Leone jungle.  He lives with his wife and daughter under a palm-branch roof that he built himself.  For food he grows a few vegetables in his garden and hunts his own bushmeat.  Musa gets almost everything he needs for his family from the jungle.  Maybe you would expect it, maybe you wouldn’t, but Musa is an extremely happy man.  If you ask him why, he’ll probably say it’s because he has the finest poyo in Sierra...

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Jul 8, 2008 SL Sierra Leone


“Jalloh, you alive?”

“Yes, Nick… of course.”

“Oh, Jalloh, Jalloh, Jalloh! I think it’s time to get out of here.”

It was 6:45 pm on Thursday. I was sitting in my office in Makeni, next to my coworker from SMT. It had been an exhausting day in the field and in the office. Drenched in sweat with my hands dripping on my keyboard, I had already downed...

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Jun 26, 2008 SL Sierra Leone

I’ve been in Sierra Leone now for about 6 days.  It feels like I’ve been here for about 6 months.  Not in a bad way, though.  It’s just a very intense experience.  Minus the unrelenting sweating it’s quite nice.  It’s kind of like a bare-bones boot camp in the jungle, but instead of a screaming drill sergeant there are a lot of excited little African kids waving at you.  Getting a feel for this place is all in the details.  So here are a couple quirks from Sierra Leone to get things started: 

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Jun 17, 2008 SL Sierra Leone

When I tell people that I am heading to Sierra Leone for the summer to do microfinance I usually end up getting the following three questions: 1) Aren’t they killing each other over there?  2) Did you choose Sierra Leone?  3) Are you crazy? 

So I thought I’d kick off my first post to the Fellows Blog by answering those questions.  And to keep you on your toes, I’ll start with question 2, follow that with question 1, and then let you decide for yourself on question 3.   Oh...

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