A Suitcase Full of Sunscreen

Four months ago I packed two suitcases. One with the necessities. One with 50 bottles of sunscreen. (Which, one could easily argue, were the larger necessity on this particular trip.) I stepped on a plane at Heathrow, and I stepped off into Africa.. the land where Man began, and where the oldest roads are elephant paths.

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A Night at Zac's Place

An abandoned old church, used as home base by Sean Stillman for Zac’s Place, his safe haven of food, shelter, supplies and a listening ear for countless Swansea citizens sleeping rough on the street.

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A Thousand Bricks of Solidarity

The father and his sons proceeded to build a home on that land, hand mixing every batch of concrete they painstakingly troweled onto cement bricks, until one month later, they had a home. The father, Yeaqub, was at work one day not long after when a neighbour called. He told Yeaqub the soldiers had come, and they had demolished his brand new home.

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It Takes a Community to Raise a Village

Before our bags drop, the doorway is filled with smiling faces as the three mamas and their 9 children immediately come over to say hello. We are introduced to everyone, and Tita, the head mama it seems, looks Martyn in the eyes and gives her thanks for our coming to their home.

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