Even before its devastating civil war, Sierra Leone was the poorest country on earth (UNDP figures). It still is, and now it’s in shambles too. In the years since the peace agreement, people have tried to create new chances for themselves in a land where opportunities are rare. Their struggle, their determination to bounce back, sheds light on a side of Sierra Leone (and of Africa) that we don’t often get to see. It’s a story of stamina, pride and self-confidence. Against all odds. During the conflict, many had their eyes poked out by rebels. Eighty-five children live and learn in Milton Margai School for the Blind in Freetown. They learn English, Braille, typewriting, and to play music. Many are now old enough to leave school, face the outside world and seek new lives for themselves. Some have already found jobs – no small feat, even for a sighted person, in Sierra Leone.