On the 2nd of September 2009, 17 year old Menshi Sala gave birth under a tree in the suburbs of Accra, Ghana. Menshi had fled Darfur, Sudan, a year before as a refugee with her husband Samuel and his 4 children. The young family had walked more than 3000km to escape the war. Along the way Samuel's oldest son died. He was buried in the small church graveyard of a village in Togo they were passing through.
As one of Africa's fastest-growing economies and a beacon of peace in the region, Ghana currently hosts over 25000 refugees. But overburdened with the task of supporting its own people, many refugees are left having to fend for themselves.
Samuel and Menshi's new born baby, Simon, spent his first night in the world under the trees in the shadow of a big apartment block in the busy capital city.
The day after his birth a Ghanian woman opened her heart and her home and invited Menshi and her baby to share the tiny one room apartment she rents in the building next to the trees.
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