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Reading: In Pictures: Ambassador David Reimer unveils painting of historic Cotton Tree in Sierra Leone
Reading: In Pictures: Ambassador David Reimer unveils painting of historic Cotton Tree in Sierra Leone

In Pictures: Ambassador David Reimer unveils painting of historic Cotton Tree in Sierra Leone

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The Cotton Tree in Freetown, Sierra Leone, was a symbol of history. It had stood for centuries until a rainstorm felled it recently. The loss of this historic tree has left many saddened, but Ambassador David Reimer has found a way to memorialize it.

Ambassador Reimer unveiled a painting of the Cotton Tree by Sahr Songu Briwa from Bondumani art. This painting will serve as a reminder of the tree’s longstanding importance to the people of Sierra Leone. It will also honor the connection between Sierra Leone and the United States,

Ambassador Reimer remarked that “we are saddened that this historic tree has been affected by the climate. This historic symbol of Freetown was rich with history that connects Sierra Leone with the United States of America especially the Gullahs (A distinctive group of African Americans from South Carolina and Georgia in the southeastern United States that trace their root to Sierra Leone). With this painting, we can always remember it and honor its longstanding importance to the people of #Salone.”

With the painting of the Cotton Tree, Ambassador Reimer hopes to keep the memory of this historic symbol alive. He wants people to remember its importance and honor its legacy. The painting will serve as a reminder of the connection between Sierra Leone and the United States, and the resilience of the people who have overcome so much.

Cotton Tree

In conclusion, the loss of the Cotton Tree is a great loss to the people of Sierra Leone. However, with the painting of the tree, its legacy will live on. It will continue to be a symbol of history, connection, and resilience.

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.
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