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Law Without Lawyers

Timap for Justice trains ordinary citizens to provide legal assistance in a country—Sierra Leone—where legal professionals are scarce.

 

Farmers in the Bo District of southern Sierra Leone had a pest problem. Cows owned by a senior official of the police force were grazing on their farms and uprooting their crops. The farmers filed complaints, but the police did nothing. Eventually, one farmer set poison out for the unwelcome animals on his farm and killed one of the cows. In response, the police arrested and detained every man and woman in the village. Paralegals from the nonprofit organization Timap for Justice arrived at the...


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