|Alhaji Mansaray is a lovely, kind man |
who welcomes the various children that arrive in Maronka
and is key to the success of the developments that take place there.
'Everything is for the girls now,' he says.
'We are trying to reduce the gap that has existed for centuries and generations,' I say.
We spend a few minutes talking about the comparison between men and women in Sierra Leonean society, how from the day they are born, girls are on the back foot and suddenly the light dawns......
'You see that man over there,' he points. 'When his wife had a baby girl the other day, he refused to see her. He says that his wife can keep her. He says he will wait until she has a boy.'
'What do you think it is like for a girl to be brought up from day one, knowing that she is a disappointment and not wanted?'
'I think I understand,' says Alhaji.
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