Of Kortor-Kamara, the courtroom and mortuary on August 14
Though not giant-sized in frame, he wears several hats. As Master and Registrar of the Fast-track Commercial Court, Deputy Master and Registrar at the Sierra Leone Judiciary. Also, he is a lecturer at the law department on Fourah Bay College. A normal week day for him begins at 5:00am. (Photo: Osman Benk Sankoh, author)
Now, almost a month to that fateful day, I met Kotor-Kamara at his office. I wanted to know what gave him the urge to volunteer at the mortuary when he could have easily gone to his office and continue with business as usual. How does a trained lawyer end up washing up dead bodies in a humanitarian disaster? Why would anyone, be rushing to the mortuary after a mudslide to help arrange corpses? Why would a lawyer with a comfortable white collar job be running towards the Connaught mortuary when most people will be trying to stay as far away as possible when it’s overflowing with potentially infected corpses?
Respectfully, the pathologist, a retired but very pleasant practitioner on government contract, told him that he was simply overwhelmed. He had very few PPEs and body bags at hand and, clearly, he was not prepared for what was developing in front of him.
Lansana Kortor-Kamara, the lawyer-turned volunteer, has said his bit. At a time when the country needed people to stand up to the plate, he did so effortlessly and mostly, with his own resources.
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