Being a Superhero is super hard. It is rewarding but it can be dangerous and thankless. Its not a life most people will lead. I am Lion Heart a real life superhero in Liberia Africa and this is my story about what a day in the life is like for me as a real life superhero in Liberia.
I have to take off work every week to take a long, dangerous, and expensive bus ride to the local villages. Liberia had been facing its second Civil War less then a decade ago and there are still many problems and safety concerns especially out in the interior of the country where I go to help the villagers. There are many risks associated with going out to the Interior. Besides possibly being stopped by bandits there are many health concerns too. Once I contracted malaria and had to be hospitalized when I returned. I almost died and it is something that is going to affect my health the rest of my life but I keep going. I have to, seeing what I see every week I can not stop going back to help.
Because of the risks I try to go with others when I can. Anyone who comes with me has to pay their bus fare just like I do. In a country with the second highest unemployment in the world paying for a bus trip to help others is a luxury.
When I go to the villages I sometimes find it difficult at first to talk with people. Because of the wars people are not trusting. I hear many stories from the people I help of supposed missionaries who tricked the people into giving their children away to human traffickers. I have even heard of people who work for NGOs that have done the same because people trusted them since they worked for these organizations. I would guess half the villages I see have had problems with the slave trade. The other half that has not experienced it I tell about it and how to avoid it. Because of my work fighting the slave trade I have put my life at risk. The human traffickers are very bad people who do not like people hurting their business.
When I go out to the villages I often bring small gifts which I have to buy and bring with me. Candy is a popular and cheap gift for me to bring. After I have gained the villagers trust I begin to teach them many different things. I teach what the people need most. If they have no clean water I teach about boiling water. If they are farmers I teach them how to make their own fertilizer or other helpful farming techniques to improve production. I even try to learn about problems I do not know about and then find solutions later.
One problem I saw was diarrhea. I found many kids dying from it and eventually learned it is the second largest cause of death of kids under 5 and one of the top 10 causes of death in the world. I found the solution for it and have since taught others and even been able to save some kids lives by using it while visiting the villages.
While doing this work is hard and dangerous it is also very rewarding. People are very grateful for the help I give them. Many people have volunteered to help. People often tell me I have given them hope.
What has been hard though is knowing that what I teach can be used by people around the world. It is frustrating knowing if just some of the things I teach were told to the world millions of lives could be saved. It would only take one celebrity to come to the cause and the whole world would learn quickly about the solutions to these problems that face most of the world. I have tried to get attention to the work so others may benefit by it. Even in Liberia I have been unsuccessful, after talking with a large local paper they made it clear I would need to pay them to get the story printed. Unfortunately that is how things are here.
While the dangers I face from disease and bad people may be real physical dangers the pain I fill thinking of those that die every day and could have been saved if they just had been given some simple information is terrible.
I wish that I could reach everyone in the world and let everyone know what I teach. I think if people saw the things I see every day like the tears of a mother as she talks of her dead children, or looked into the eyes of the husband who lost his young bride they would understand the importance of this work and fill the way I do. Though it seems this may never happen I take solace in the work I do every day and the knowledge that I am making a difference to everyone I do teach.
This article was not written by Lion Heart but based off what he does and conversations with him. He has read the article beforehand and while he fills a little uncomfortable sharing some things such as his near death from Malaria he thinks that this conveys what he does and how he fills better then he can in writing and he approved the publication of it. For more information about Lion Heart and his work you can go to his website found here.