Todd Antony, Flying Stars of Sierra Leone

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May 2021

We are so proud of Todd’s work on this project and how well it’s been doing! Congratulations for getting the APA Best in Show and the Lens Culture Critics Choice Award. It’s also been shortlisted in Production Paradise Spotlight Awards for three categories – portraiture, sport, and travel, documentary and landscape.

Todd has been carefully planning and biding his time against Covid to get out to Sierra Leone to work on this personal project. Last month he finally managed to get out there with his assistant, to spend two weeks with the Flying Stars teams in Freetown and Bo.

The civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002) not only killed more than 50,000 people, it also led to thousands of innocent civilians having legs, arms or hands forcibly amputated by rebel soldiers. Or removed by landmines.

The Flying Star Amputees are a football team born out of the adversity of this war. All the players are victims of civil war amputations, and football has brought them a level of joy, confidence, and hope for a better future for disabled people in Sierra Leone.