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Mohamad Bangura is part of the Bumbali Amputee Football Association in Makeni, Sierra Leone.
“Mohamad lost his leg to shrapnel when rebels from the People’s Army raided a nearby UN convoy of Zambian soldiers and procured their payload of lethal rocket propelled grenades on the township. The shrapnel shattered the bones in his lower leg. ‘For a moment I thought I had died, everybody thought I had died…. they put me in a casket, as that what was available for me to be carried in and flew me to a hospital in Makeni where they resuscitated me, then to Moboka in a taxi plane, then to Laka Hospital in Freetown for emergency surgery.’ ‘At first I felt bad…. I had lost my leg. They fitted me with my first prosthesis at Handicap International, and then I went to stay in the Amputee Camp. There were SO many people there, and for the first time I didn’t feel so bad as I could see I wasn’t alone’
He is a remarkable athlete, with a fiery disposition, a married man with two children and yet the broad outlook on “disability” in Sierra Leone remains that they are third-rate citizens. It’s hard to believe that as he effortlessly intercepts the ball lobbed at him for the photo shoot on a small dirt pitch the team practices on. He braces on his crutches and launches his leg into the air, catching the ball in mid-flight, uncowed and unbreakable.
He lands and looks at me matter of factly; ‘You need me to go again?’”
Photo by Chris Parkes (@chris.parkes.photo) http://chrisparkes.photography #photoshelter #amputee #amputeefootball #makeni #sierraleone #thisisafrica #football #disability #profoto #nikon #1424mm #sports #sportsphotography #pursuitofportraits #makeportraits #portraitphotography #portraits #portraitperfection #postmoreportraits #portraitoftheday
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