Magazine article New Internationalist

Ebola, as Told by Sierra Leoneans

Magazine article New Internationalist

Ebola, as Told by Sierra Leoneans

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This edition is something of a journalistic experiment.

It's the product of a collaboration with a remarkable group of Sierra Leonean citizen reporters. Trained by media advocates On Our Radar, they give us a privileged insight into the aftershocks of Ebola in this corner of West Africa.

The reporters took me on a journey from the coastal capital Freetown in the west to the early epicentre in the remote east; their stories reveal Ebola's lasting impact on friendship, community and the ties that bind us to one another.

More than half of this magazine's Big Story is given over to reporters' accounts, where they relate their experiences, and those of their friends and neighbours, in their own words (see pages 18 to 27).

This joint-effort storytelling is thanks to a partnership with On Our Radar, who use new technology to bring people from the margins on to the front page. …

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