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Remembering A Hero: Kelvin Kamara Aka America Stress, 27-Year-Old Who Saved The Lives Of 40 People In His Neighborhood

Late Kelvin Kamara, popularly known by his friends as American Stress, while others called him the great “promoter”, “celebrity”, “philanthropist” and many more is one man who the public admires. From my end, I had always called him the man that saved the lives of 40 people in his community.

On August 14th 2017, our small congested city of Freetown saw a heavy downpour; it rained for about three (3) consecutive days. On that same day, houses collapsed around the Mountain Cut community where this young man resided; many people could have drowned, but this heroic young man:  America Stress who had a daughter and wife, risked his life for his small community in the rain; with no clothes, no protective gears, and went out to rescue his neighbours and people that lived around his community.

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In a live video feed on Facebook, everything he did was broadcast, and many Sierra Leoneans from across the world watched the video on Facebook. He saved over 40 people from that devastating situation that day.

What a HERO!!!

After that heart-aching and gut-wrenching incident, this young man had attracted the hearts of many activists, humanitarians, journalists, philanthropists across the world; this includes popular BBC’s Umaru Fofana who posted on his Facebook account about his heroism. He was all over the news, from been a promoter, he became a philanthropist. This young man gained the trust of many Sierra Leoneans across the world, some sent him money to buy donations for the victims. This young man served his conscience diligently.

Little did this young man thought of his health, he became sick, diagnosed and admitted at the hospital. As days went by, the sick became worsen. The hospital provided little or no solution he was afterwards taken to the provinces. After a day, I tried calling my brother, it was no longer the voice of American stress; now his wife, she was crying on the phone.

I could no longer ask!

I checked my Facebook. He had passed away of a curable sickness.

This young man whose dream was to visit or live in America someday was never a reality. This young man passed away. He left a beautiful daughter and wife. Whenever I talk to his daughter, she reminds me of a hero that once lived among us. If you remember him in any point in time for the good things he did in the past that effectuate positives in the present; for himself and his community people, keep him in your prayers, and reach out to his wife and beautiful daughter.



Sallu Kamuskay

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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