Nonstop sand mining is destroying Freetown’s eco-tourism

It's not the first time photos have circulated on social media of what has been described as '24-hour, seven-days-a-week operations to carry hundreds of tonnes of sand from Freetown's beaches and sell it to builders as construction material.'

The Earth Day 2019 photos from intrepid Sierra Leonean photojournalist Issam capture how free-for-all sand mining is destroying Freetown’s eco-tourism opportunities.

For years, local and international reports have shown round-the-clock sand-mining on beaches within a few miles of Sierra Leone’s capital is having a devastating effect on the coastline, and destroying property.

Without permits, hundreds of trucks attack the beaches on a daily basis, hiring local boys as daily laborers to destroy their own communities.

Reports say that not much is being done to control the increasing demand for sand to make concrete blocks.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Massah Kaikai has been missing since August 2018, no new leads

African Leaders highlight democratic, economic progress at United Nations General Assembly

Is Sierra Leone’s Bio Going After Corruption or His Adversaries?