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Jaime Yaya Barry

Jaime Yaya Barry began working for The New York Times in 2014 as a stringer in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak. In 2016 he became a research assistant for The Times’s West and Central Africa bureau, based in Dakar, Senegal. Mr. Barry has worked extensively across West Africa, especially during the Ebola outbreak, covering Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. He travelled to the Gambia to cover the disputed 2016 presidential election, which eventually ousted its longtime president, Yahya Jammeh. He has written about migrant issues, social and political issues, and the discovery of one of the world’s largest diamonds, found in Sierra Leone. He has worked with documentary filmmakers from PBS’s “Frontline” and the BBC (“Outbreak”), Vice News (“Evolution of a Plague”), and Channel4 (“The Children Who Beat Ebola”), among others. Mr. Barry was born in Sierra Leone and spent much of his childhood in several refugee camps in Guinea during the civil war in his home country. He also studied photojournalism at the Autonomous University in Barcelona, Spain.

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An Open Letter to Willam Fayia Sellu, Sierra Leone’s new Inspector General of Police

By Jaime Yaya Barry  Dear IG Willam Fayia Sellu, Today, you take over the nation’s police leadership. There’s no doubt that you are taking up a...

A Village Struggling with its Lawless Laws

By Jaime Yaya Barry The village of Thampèreh has, over the years, had a very toxic relationship with its laws. Even though the village has...

Changing the laws will not change you. Change yourself before changing the laws.

By Jaime Yaya Barry Imagine spending so much time and resources on changing electoral laws to help you remain in power, and immediately you lose...

The Imposter Father of Democracy in Thampèreh

By Jaime Yaya Barry For far too long, stories about the birth father of Thampèreh’s democracy circulated across the village. In the village’s dark history...

SLPP, what do you want?

Today, I want to speak directly with members and supporters of the Sierra Leone People’s Party. I have a few questions for you. What...

In These Walls Around Us.

In These Walls Around Us. A Poem by Jaime Yaya Barry Thampèreh. Hot Day, Sirens but Guns Operations, Support, Divided Cracks on Walls In the Devil’s Hole Stench is Raw Torture till...

Bring Your Palm Twigs and Ropes; Thampèreh Needs a Broom.

By Jaime Yaya Barry Times are challenging in Thampèreh, and there’s no sign of them getting better any time soon. We must brace ourselves for...

Who will be the Farmer and Healer of Thampèreh?

By Jaime Yaya Barry Painters have ruled the village of Thampèreh for the most part, and many specialized in applying beautiful colours to objects of...

Thampèreh, The Rains Are Here. Are you Prepared?

The rainy season is here, and like most years, the village is expected to have abundant rains. Nature blessed Thampèreh with so many showers...

The hurtful lies

I don’t want to talk today about the village of Thampèreh and its many problems. Thampèreh can wait. Today I want to talk about Sierra...

Fake Degrees and the Future of the Free Quality Education Program

The free education program launched by Thampèreh’s current Painter is already failing, and, sadly, the same administration that brought the initiative is the biggest...

The Free Quality Education Program and Thampèreh’s Economy

Thampèreh rushed its Free Quality Education program. Its immediate rollout and implementation caused a massive strain on the village’s economy. And despite the enormous...

Blacka and Thampèreh’s Mad People Syndrome

Let’s face it. Everyone is mad in Thampèreh. It sounds funny, but it’s true. The village has a problem with madness, and many have...

Happy In Dependence Day Thampèreh

The Land of Thampèreh has been in dependence for as long as the ancestors can remember. And during that long period of dependency, the...