Ebola: A Special Report from Sierra Leone

Broadcast on September 15, 2014
With Andrew Kromah & Foday Sajuma & Topher Hamblett

The Ebola outbreak has claimed over 2,400 lives in West Africa. Sierra Leone is in the heart of the crisis - a country which is still recovering from its bloody civil war and that it is routinely listed near the bottom of the UN Human Development Index. We will hear front-line reports from Foday Sajuma of Radio Mao in Kailahun District -- an area on the border of Guinea and Liberia. We also will talk with Andrew Kromah, one of the founders of an Independent Radio Network in Sierra Leone. Foday and Andrew are using radio to provide life-saving information to a population that has a 73% illiteracy rate. We also will hear from Topher Hamblett, a former Peace Corps Volunteer, who is supporting radio stations in Sierra Leone and Liberia through The Foundation for West Africa.   

Foday Sajuma

Radio Moa 105.5 FM Community-owned Radio Station in Eastern Sierra Leone
Foday Sajuma is manager of Radio Moa 105.5 FM, a community-owned radio station  in Kailhaun, eastern Sierra Leone. Prior to serving as manager, Foday worked in peacebuilding and conflict transformation for Search for Common Ground in Sierra Leone. With "Search", Foday helped to end the ten year civil and build a foundation for lasting peace in his country. He did this after participating in the civil war as a member of the Civil Defense Force, a citizen militia that formed to defend the Southeast region of the country from the Revolutionary Unitied Front.