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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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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...

The Hunting Book of Thampèreh’s Paint Collector and the Angal-Heyrsa virus

During some unknown moon circles ago, the village of Thampèreh was cursed with the Angal-Heyrsa virus. It is a dangerous disease that affects the...

The Painter and his muddy feet

Many considered the current Painter of Thampèreh, a crusader. Others see him as a man who vowed to cleanse the village’s image and bring...

The PhD Buyers and Their Hunt For Thampèreh’s Resources

The PhD Buyers had red and black robes. Their hats were twice the size of their heads. They had red stripes on the arms...

Let’s talk about bread-and-butter issues.

In Sierra Leone, whenever the country gets badly hit by hardship and an enormous lack of food, we hear politicians talk about the need...

Thampèreh’s light and fuel crisis, who led the blackout?

Headaches, nausea, lack of sleep, excessive fatigue, were among the dozens of cases reported at Thampèreh’s main referral hospital after the village went for...

A renewed hope for Sierra Leone’s mental health problem

I recently visited the Sierra Leone Psychiatric Teaching Hospital (formerly Kissy Mental hospital), and I can’t tell you how impressed I was by what...