Where C.A. Kamara-Taylor once slept, three Rs are now taught
Inside Sierra Leone
A five building complex that C.A. Kamara-Taylor, a long
serving second vice president in the regime of President Siaka
Stevens once used
as his residence in his Kambia District constituency
is now home to the Umar Mokhtar Islamic School.
The condition of the compound is confirmation that
Kamara-Taylor and his clout are long gone from Sierra Leone's political scene.
Most of the window panes on the once majestic main two story building are
broken, here and there replaced by a piece of wood or cardboard. The zinc roofs
on the lower buildings are all rusted and out of place. A tall tower with a big
tank on top stood in the middle of a banana grove.
Crowded into these buildings are high school
students learning how to read, write and do arithmetic. The school "bell," a
large truck rim, was hanging from the stem of a mango tree. A pitiful piece of
cloth with the green, white and blue colors of Sierra Leone limply hung on a
wooden pole in the courtyard.
The school in Sami Town is sponsored by the Restless
Development non-governmental organization.