The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Singing by the sea

After Sierra Leone's civil war, Lutherans offer hope and relief

Those who travel the dusty, scorching road from Freetown to Bawbaw, a small village on Sierra Leone's coast, still walk cautiously. This road has seen its share of lost lives, lost limbs and lost innocence.

Protected by U.N. and other peacekeeping troops, Bawbaw was spared most of the violence of Sierra Leone's 9-year civil war, which took an estimated 150,000 lives (including the January 1999 massacre of more than 7,500 Freetown residents by rebel armies). But Bawbaw didn't escape the economic depression that followed the war. Now its people struggle to rebuild their fishing and tourism businesses.

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