“If you were to dive clean into its centre at the hour when the water’s blackness is not separate from the earth’s night, you could disappear 70 metres beneath gentle waves and still be above sea level, still be touching the root of a full-grown tree… What you see is snapshots of what might be paradise: silhouettes of earth, flesh and wood framed eternally in the psyche. This multiplicity of modes is the beauty and terror of Ghana’s queer-shaped, ephemeral jewel, Lake Volta.”
– An extract from Capturing Volta
by Nii Ayikwei Parkes
The Boys of Volta series by Jeremy Snell is a sensitive portrayal of the people and environment surrounding Lake Volta, Ghana. This enormous man-made lake is the largest in the world. Spanning half of Ghana its surface is scattered with eerie tree trunks where once you would find dense forests. Fishing is now one of the main industries for the people here. Demanding long hours in often challenging conditions. Jeremy’s series follows the story of the fisher boys he encountered here.
Amidst all the magic and beauty of the lake, there remains a starker reality. Thousands of children work in its massive fishing industry—and many of these children are trafficked into labour.
10% of this book’s profits will be donated to the NGO, International Justice Mission, who work with partners to help create better circumstances for these boys.