Saras

Photography: Adama Jalloh

Saras looks at the ceremony Sara within the Sierra Leonean community. A Sara is the Islamic custom of praying for deceased family members or friends. As well as being there to express their condolences, those who attend are sometimes allocated chosen matching fabric (also known as Ashobi) for these gatherings.
Despite Saras being part of Islamic practice, many of those who attend have either converted to Christianity due to marriage or personal choice, yet they still choose to practice aspects of the Islamic faith, as a way of paying respect to Muslim family members and friends that have died.

Photography series by Adama Jalloh winner of the British Journal Of Photography Breakthrough prize 2015