Risking his life to film the systematic murder of his fellow countrymen during the civil war, Sorious Samura describes in Cry Freetown, (CNN Perspectives) what he calls "a nation in dire need, a nation that was being murdered, a country that was dying, that was being left to die by the western world, by the so called developed world." "Kill every living thing", was the mantra of the rebel forces, as they entered Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, on 6th January 1999. As the world's media fled, then local freelance journalist Sorious Samura captured on film the awful truth of what much of the world was ignoring.
It's the story of greed.
"In this madness my job was to record the history happening in my country, when random roadside justice was the order of the day," says Samura. "Personally I felt that this was the only way people would be able to see what was happening in Sierra Leone. When they see the truth, the real pictures, the brutality. It was a very dangerous thing to do at the time."
Captured and threatened by the rebels, Samura, escaped and during the next few days, while battle raged between rebel and Nigerian 'peacekeeping' forces in his country's civil war, Samura took his handheld camera and captured on video some of the atrocities committed by both sides as almost every-day acts of war.
The material that he shot won him both of 1999s most prestigious awards for the work of freelance camera people in news and current affairs, the Rory Peck Award and the Mohammed Amin Award. No-one has won both awards before.
Courtesy of CNN, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WHl2UmJXYU.