Excreta and water bubble out of a colonially built sewage manhole whose metal cover has been shifted as thick, slimy and putrid liquid ooze out.
Pungent odour steams from escaping excreta that formed a greenish and slippery trace, flows gracefully down across the street- Wallace Johnston Street named after prominent political activists, ITA Wallace Johnson Street. This is one of the major streets in the central business district of Freetown, like others which were once an urban beatification has faded away.
The sewage manhole at Wallace Johnston Street by the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA) building pours out excreta, which floods the entrance of the colonially built structure, which also houses the Sierra Leone bookshop.
Despite the dehydrating heat, the windows of structures in the vicinity are shut, as occupants can no longer endure the squalid perfume from the manhole.
Outside commuters spit and as if the ground is fragile, they carefully step on the slippery liquid that runs across the street as they go about their daily activities; others who try to dodge by walking almost in the middle of the street, at most times get run over by cars speeding by.
Few yards from this ugly scene stands one of the most elegant restaurants in the capital Café De la Rose whose front porch of late has been avoided because of this awful smell.
The street pride City Hall, which was razed by rebels, stands like a wrecked ship-the relics of war. This wreckage of a building now houses common criminals, prostitutes, drug addicts and destitute.
Like Wallace Johnson Street, other streets are faced with almost the same crisis and it seems as if nobody cares about the sanitary situation in the city.