He Has No Fingers But is a Master Carver

By Aneri Pattani (New York Times)

Fanha Konah lost all his fingers, one foot and most of the toes on the other to leprosy, but he is a master carver.Credit Monique Jaques for The 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.

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Source: New York Times

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.