The wood carver

Santos b&w

In Makeni, Sierra Leone I met Santos at Holy Spirit Hospital who’s daughter was having muliptiple surgeries to her broken arm after breaking it playing with her friends.

Santos’s life has had many challenges too, in 1994 during the 10 year civil war in Sierra Leone his village was was attacked by the RUF rebels and sadly many people lost their lives. The rebels amputated his hand with a rusty machete and tied him and his cousin together before setting the house alight.

Santos managed to escape and became a refugee in his own country in Freetown, during this time he met the Sisters of St Joseph of Africa who introduced him to wood carving. Santos now lives in the amputee camp in Makeni, creating wood carvings to support his family, here he is now making a new wood carving at his home.


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