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BorBor Pain – Suffering Child

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One of the most dramatic examples we witnessed was a new phenomenon in Sierra Leonean mining—colonies of long-displaced refugees, including very young children, who struggle to survive by mining gravel.”  – Greg Campbell, excerpt from Greg Campbell’s blog on child labor in Sierra Leone.

I encourage everyone to read the piece by Greg Campbell about the rise of child labor labor and the mining industry in Sierra Leone. Click on the link below to read Campbell’s piece.

Something you can do to help Sierra Leone

BorBor Pain translates to “suffering child” in krio. It is no coincidence that Foday Mansaray named his charity school Suffering Child.  Mansaray’s  goal is to free all children from hard labor and offer a new hope to the future of Sierra Leone through free education. This photo essay depicts a small part of Mansaray’s struggle and the conditions from which he is trying to free children. Mansaray himself was a child laborer working in rock mines similar to the ones in Lumlee, Sierra Leone. His childhood was full of relocating fleeing violence and civil war until 2002. He was able to pay for his own schooling and graduated from college  with a degree. Rather than leaving his country or looking for high paid job with some security he returned to the shanty villages that are home to some of the world’s poorest people. Mansaray’s drive is as he says, directed by god.  “It is important because the children are the future of Sierra Leone. What kind of future do we have if we  have no education?”

Those interested can send money via Western Union to: the Borbor Pain Charity School Of Hope or Foday Mansaray at 40 Main Peninsular Road, Adonkia/Angola, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. Mansaray’s cell phone number is :00 232 76 69 89 79. Email wire details and test question to Mansaray at borborpaincharity@yahoo.com.

(Borbor Pain Charity School of Hope can also be found on Facebook.)


Written by michael G. Seamans

October 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Well done Michael. You showed and told a tough story but finished it with a touch of hope for the future.

    Kent Meireis

    October 24, 2011 at 8:35 am

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