We're Jalan and Jibril Durimel. Photographers based in Los Angeles originally from the French Antilles. We've been traveling this year for different photo projects and amongst our destinations was Freetown Sierra Leone.
We visited Freetown Sierra Leone in January 2017 and made an amazing friend of the city. 21-year-old Alie Sesay that now needs our help after falling victim to the flooding and mudslides that happened this week in Freetown.
Earlier this week (18/8) Freetown was flooded after heavy rain that then led to severe mudslides causing a disaster that killed 400+ people with 600 still missing. This including Alie's first Aunt and Cousin who we met while on our trip and another friend we made Sahr Komba's Grandmother.
The two are now begging for our help and sending disturbing but unfortunately real images of dead peers they've lost.
We're a pair of brothers that were commissioned to photograph a photo story based on the reflections of Musician Sampha who was returning to his homeland in Freetown, in collaboration with Grace Wales Bonner earlier this January.
For 6 days Alie stopped school and took us and Grace around different areas of Sierra Leone enhancing our experience of what the beautiful country had to offer. Over the six days, we were able to meet Alie's family and close friends. His mother works at the central market selling fish and his father is a soldier.
Unfortunately, Alie just lost his first Aunt and cousin in the flooding and needs money for funeral arrangements along with medical supplies and food for the coming weeks where they won't be able to work.
It was a very exciting week for all of us as our trip there became much more enlightening than expected. We've all been able to continue a relationship with Alie and Sahr via the internet so we thought it's our duty to help. We will be sending money for Alie Sesay of the Murray town Barracks and Sahr Komba
We'd appreciate any donations that you may offer to Alie and his Family.
The money will be spent on
- Funeral Arrangements for Alie's Aunt and cousin.
- Clothing they've lost
- and Medical Supplies
So essentially 1750USD for Alie and Sahr's family each.
Jalan and Jibril
Alie introduces himself on our last day in Sierra Leone and says hello to Grace who had left a day earlier.
Another friend of ours Sahr Komba sent this recent image of Sierra Leone's mass burials happening now and some other event from the flooding.
Alie Brought us to a sculpting artists work space where the sculptor was working on some commissions for a politician.
An overview of what's happened in Freetown.
Alie and Sheku took us and Grace to Bureh Beach.
Alie and Jibril
Alie and Grace
Alie and Jalan
Sahr (Blue shirt), and Alie(Red Jersey) pose with musician Sampha and his Girlfriend at Aberdeen beach.Sahr Komba's View from the flooding in Freetown.
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