"It's a way for them to open up, and I'll tell you, the floodgates have opened," he said.
Child-soldiers, now grown, sat beside women who had been tortured by child-soldiers, a situation "that could have gone sideways on us big time," Henri said. "But really, they are all victims of war. Young boys were forced to become killing machines. They are victims too."
Doan said that while he is a little worried about staying in this remote and poverty-stricken part of the world, "You have to get over your own fear. This is too important to back away from."
Henri is speaking in London tomorrow and St. Thomas on Tuesday before his talk at the Barber Gallery on Thursday. The lecture, which runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., is free, but Henri will gratefully accept donations.
To date, he's funded the project himself, to the tune of $30,000. Olympus Imaging America Inc. has donated cameras and Ivan's Camera Ltd. in Moncton is supplying film and dark room chemicals.
The Barber Gallery is located at 167 Suffolk St. W., and can be reached at 519-821-0824.
What: Photographer Maurice Henri will speak about his humanitarian project in Sierra Leone, Cameras for Healing
When: Thurs., July 12, 7 p.m.
Where: Barber Gallery, located at
167 Suffolk St. W.
Admission: Free. Donations accepted.
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