By Aneri Pattani (New York Times)
Aneri Pattani, a freshly minted graduate of Northeastern University, is the winner of Nicholas Kristof’s annual win-a-trip contest. She previously wrote about the seven most inspiring people she met in Liberia and education victories for girls.
Fanha Konah balances a short cylindrical piece of red wood between his legs, pushing his knees together to hold it in place. He then grasps a knife between both palms, bends over and begins chipping away.
In about 10 days, he will transform the chunk of wood into a beautiful carved figurine. And he’ll do it without the use of his fingers.
Konah is the chief carver at an artisan craft shop in Ganta, Liberia – a title he has held for the past 23 years. He is also a leprosy patient, who has lost all his fingers, one foot and most of the toes on the other.
Source: New York Times