Once a chic destination for wealthy European vacationers, Sierra Leone is struggling to shed its blood diamond reputation. The country's infrastructure is in shambles. Tourism has been slow to take hold post-conflict and, for now, attracts only intrepid travelers. One of the many problems facing the expansion of tourism is the absence of a paved road
connecting the capital city of Freetown to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The Peninsula Road has been under construction for years and, when completed, will link 1.2 million people with the primitive coastal villages further south. Many of those villages are much like they were hundreds of years ago and are in danger of being consumed by future development.