I’M HUMAN, YOU’RE HUMAN, LET ME GREET YOUR HUMANNESS.
LET’S BE PEOPLE TOGETHER FOR A WHILE.
– Anne Lamott
In 2008 I embarked on a journey through 11 countries in West Africa.
WHERE: Senegal : Mali : Burkina Faso : Niger : Benin : Togo : Ghana : Sierra Leone : Guinea : Guinea Bissau
WHEN: May – August 2008
WHAT: A three-month journey using public transport and staying in homes wherever possible.
I wanted to listen to how people self-describe where they live – the things that bring joy, and the things that are difficult. I wanted to see the differences and the things we hold in common. I wanted to gather clues for how we can work towards challenging injustice to nurture a better world.
Along the way, I met and stayed with people who live and work here: I shared meals and journeys and cups of tea; asked many questions and gathered even more. I’ve been shaped, informed and gifted by these people and these places.
The journey in brief…
13 border crossings
32 shared taxis
8 private/corporate cars
41 towns and cities
numerous warm welcomes
infinite congenial encounters
3 tight interactions
many hand portraits
endless cups of tea