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The Peace
awaken2sun
Submitted by: awaken2sun | 12:46am, Aug 24
Culver City CA United States
6 Comments


My Vision of Peace
I took this picture in Freetown, Sierra Leone in June of this year

I used Photoshop to protect the identity of the little boy holding the crutches.

This child's father is a polio survivor and these crutches belong to his dad. He and his dad (and 200 other able and disabled people) call home a piece of derelict land that is adjacent to the main prison in Freetown.

In the past year, The Peace Project has distributed 10,000 pairs of crutches to amputees and polio survivors in the West African country of Sierra Leone. A small country of six million people that is still recovering from a devastating 10-year civil war. Sierra Leone is home to 20% of the world's amputees and due to the civil war the polio vaccination program was severely curtailed.

This boy wasn't even born when the civil war was raging in his country. (1991-2001).

He is still waiting for sustainable peace and prosperity to come to Sierra Leone. In the meantime, he plays with his dad's crutches -- because these crutches are the closest things he has to a 'toy'.

A British friend of mine told me that when the Second World War ended people in Britain took each other's hands and wished each other "The Peace".

I have named this photograph The Peace.


Medium
Photography and Photoshop

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5 people like this.

ckay     2:45pm, Aug 25

ckay

This gave me chills. Thank you for all you do for the Peace Project.


shelleyme     3:15am, Aug 26

shelleyme

Ckay, thank you. And big love to you for all your great work in support of The Peace Project.


lauralme     7:24am, Aug 31

lauralme

Amazing piece! The message of fragile strength and great hope, together with the fragments of objects, give the clear idea of immense desire for all to settle and bring peace! Wonderful!!!


celieann     12:36pm, Sep 03

celieann

Shelleyme this is such a poignant piece and evokes much emotion in me, especially linked to the story of the photo. We can do better--we can join hands and wish each other "The Peace", but it does not fix everything if we don't follow it with "The Healing", and "The Love". Thank you, Shelley, Lisa, Heidi and all those that help The Peace Project move their peace, healing, and love initiatives forward.


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