This is just one of the stunning photographs taken for the charity Plan Ireland as part of their celebration of the UN Intentional Day of the Girl.
Animata is standing in Masiaka, Koya, central Sierra Leone in West Africa. She and a number of other Sierra Leonan girls had their photographs taken for this series, and then matched with photos of Irish girls of a similar age.
If you're Dublin, they are on display at the Powerscourt Townhouse until October 21st. If you're not, all of the photos are on the Plan Ireland Facebook page here. Details from the launch here on Plan.ie
I've just come back from a work-trip to Sierra Leone, and yes it is that beautiful. And yes, it is that much in need of more aid and less local corruption so girls like Animata have a chance.
|PIC: Plan Ireland's Her Story project in Sierra Leone and Ireland|