Cannot believe we’re finally going to Sierra Leone. Not a country I ever thought I would visit.
It’s an exciting adventure we’re embarking on. In 2015, my friend Charlie encountered a man by the name of Mr Konteh. He had been trying to write his memoirs for the last 12 years. His story of surviving the civil war in Sierra Leone. A conflict that lasted almost 11 years and left 50,000 dead.
We had to find Mr Konteh again after losing contact with him. In this episode we travel to Sierra Leone.
Vlog 021 // 29th October 2016
Going to Sierra Leone
First question everyone has asked: “Why?!”
Easy answer, why not? Going to Sierra Leone was never one my radar as a place to visit, but given the opportunity I snapped it up. Our intention was to travel to Sierra Leone with the aim of hand delivering a set of memoirs of someone who had survived the Civil War that afflicted the country for 12 years, which Charlie had edited and published here in the UK.
Meeting in Motorway Services
Before we set off we had been making plans over the phone and a great deal of video calling. Neither Charlie or I had managed to find a time where we were both free. The opportunity came one Friday evening when we realised we had a window of about three hours. I quickly raced up the motorway to a services which was our mid-point along the M25, outside London.
During that meeting we realised we had a chance to ask the charity Street Child if they would be interested in us filming on their behalf in the country… One phone call later and everything was sorted.
First short video filmed for Street Child
Music (Creative Commons)
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Shot on – Canon G7X, Sony a7s ii, DJI Phantom 4 and GoPro Hero 3+ Black // Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro
Here’s my last few adventures
Mount Toubkal | GoPro Holiday