In April 2012 travel photographer Tariq Zaidi documented the journey through Sierra Leone for the charity Keys of Change.
Starting in the capital Freetown, Panos Karan (Keys of Change, Founder) played piano recitals in Bonthe, Mattru, Bo and villages in surrounding areas. Recitals were played in a children’s hospital, a prison, an HIV clinic, a school for the blind, a home for the elderly, an amputee group, a teachers college near Grafton, a sex-worker’s support group and in the slum communities of Mabella and Dwarzark in Freetown.
Sierra Leone historically conjures up images of blood diamonds and war. It is still very much on the road to recovery after the civil war from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (a third of the population).
Tariq Zaidi is on his way to becoming one of the world’s most respected fine art travel portrait photographers. He has immersed himself in over 100 countries, lived in 10 and speaks 5 languages. Based in London, he travels extensively to developing countries capturing the dignity, purity, and soul of people within their environments. He has published two books: Sierra Leone, The Road To Recovery and A Prayer For Tohoku. In March 2012, his work from Tohoku, the earthquake and Tsunami area in Northern Japan, was displayed in an exhibition at Cadogan Hall, London. In September 2012, his work from Sierra Leone was displayed at the Hellenic Centre in London. Tariq has won major international photography awards for over 20 of his images. He can be contacted through his facebook page (Tariq Zaidi Photography) or his website: http://www.tariqzaidi.com/