In his keynote address to the International Expert Group Meeting on Forced Eviction Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, noted that urbanisation is not simply about housing creation and slum prevention. Rather, urbanisation should be understood in much broader terms and consider the potential roles played by governments and policymakers in making cities more efficient, inclusive and equitable.
I first heard Bruno’s name in a bar in Freetown in 2007, a year or so after his escape. A man was telling his friend of a mysterious encounter his sister had had upcountry, while washing clothes in a river. His sister, he said, had seen a mysterious hairy creature watching her from the bushes, until it fled into the forest. His companion joked that this “creature” must have been Bruno, the escaped chimpanzee.
This is an initiative that has been ten years in the making. It started out in 2006, not as an environmental or even film project, but as a documentary photography endeavour. An architect and aspiring photojournalist, I was then living in Freetown and wanted to capture the everyday reality of different communities in the city.