WBEZ | Sierra Leone http://www.wbez.org/tags/sierra-leone Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Worldview: Obama's trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, development in Sierra Leone and copycat architecture http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-02/worldview-obamas-trip-mexico-and-costa-rica-development-sierra-leone <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP125662241522.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F90486563&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/obama-s-trip-to-mexico-development-in-sierra-leone-1.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/obama-s-trip-to-mexico-development-in-sierra-leone-1" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Obama's trip to Mexico and Costa Rica, development in Sierra Leone and copycat architecture" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-05-02/worldview-obamas-trip-mexico-and-costa-rica-development-sierra-leone Global Activism: Pan African Rural Health and Social Services aids Africans in dire need http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-pan-african-rural-health-and-social-services-aids-africans <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/PHReSS Main.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Pan African Rural Health and Social Services <a href="http://africanhopeanddignity.org" target="_blank">(PRHeSS)</a> aids rural Africans in: maintaining clean drinking water; sanitary living conditions; poverty alleviation and opportunity through education. The group was founded by Chicago area physician Sam Kormoi and his wife, Mary. Dr. Kormoi pays close attention to his native Sierra Leone, a country devastated and traumatized by years of civil war. Dr. Kormoi, along with PRHeSS Board Director, Lesta Woods, will share stories about the people and communities they&#39;re helping to transform.</p><p><strong><em>This Saturday May 4th, 2013, PRHeSS will sponsor a <a href="http://africanhopeanddignity.org/images/walk-a-thon-flyer-2013-big.jpg" target="_blank">Walk-a-Thon</a> of doctors and nurses for food, clothing, medical and school supplies for rural Africans.</em></strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F90490217&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 09:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-pan-african-rural-health-and-social-services-aids-africans Global Activism: LemonAid Fund does development work in Sierra Leone http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-29/global-activism-lemonaid-fund-does-development-work-sierra-leone-92596 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-29/sierraleone1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In 1996, Dr. Nancy Peddle was working on her dissertation in war-torn Sierra Leone when she found herself in the middle of a bloody coup. As the violence mounted, Dr. Peddle was evacuated from the country, leaving behind close friends – many of whom lost their homes or were forced into hiding.</p><p>The struggle between the Revolutionary United Front and the national army - which penetrated the Western imagination through the 2006 movie <em>Blood Diamond</em> with Leonardo DiCaprio - ultimately claimed 50,000 lives. After witnessing the coup’s destructive violence, Dr. Peddle decided to transition from academics to action. She founded an organization called the <a href="http://www.lemonaidfund.org/" target="_blank">LemonAid Fund</a>, a deliberately optimistic endeavor aimed at improving the lives of Sierra Leone’s children.</p><p>Today, more than a decade later, the organization oversees a network of 16 schools, two foster care homes and ten libraries around the country, and focuses on children’s access to education. According to <a href="http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/sierraleone_statistics.html" target="_blank">UNICEF</a>, only 30 percent of boys and 20 percent of girls there continue their education into secondary school. We talk to Dr. Peddle and her colleague from Sierra Leone, Francess Browne, about their work on the ground.</p></p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-29/global-activism-lemonaid-fund-does-development-work-sierra-leone-92596 Worldview 9.29.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-92911 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-september/2011-09-29/lemonaid3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a> segment,&nbsp; we catch up with Dr. Nancy Peddle and Francess Browne of the <a href="http://www.lemonaidfund.org/" target="_blank">LemonAid Fund</a>. For more than a decade now, they’ve worked to support children and families in Sierra Leone. The organization oversees a network of schools, foster care homes and libraries in the war-torn country, which has some of the worst child education statistics in the world.</p></p> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-92911 Looking through Lynsey Addario’s lens http://www.wbez.org/story/looking-through-lynsey-addario%E2%80%99s-lens-87401 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-03/Lynsey Addario_Getty_John Moore.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A lot of reporters like to say they focus on stories that would not otherwise be told, but in Lynsey Addario’s case it’s really true.</p><p>Addario, a photojournalist based in Delhi, India, works in places that are extremely dangerous and hard to reach - places like the Congo and Afghanistan, for instance - and while there, she documents the hardships of people whose suffering is often invisible to the outside world.</p><p>She also does so at great personal risk.</p><p>Recently Addario and three other <em>New York Times</em> reporters were <a href="../../story/foreign-news/2011-03-31/photographers-lybia-ordeal-youre-going-die-84577">taken prisoner in Libya</a>. Their ordeal included being bound, blindfolded, beaten, and in Addario’s case, groped by captors during the 6 days they were detained by forces loyal to the Libyan government.</p><p>In addition to photographing conflict zones, Addario often trains her lens on women in the developing world who are sometimes trapped inside the horror of their own lives.</p><p>In 2010 the MacArthur “Genius” Grant and Pulitzer Prize winning photographer traveled to Sierra Leone, which has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world. There, 1,033 women die for every 100,000 live births, and the photos Addario produced depict the horrific reality behind those numbers.</p><p>Addario described the work when she was in Chicago in May to speak at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women &amp; Gender in Arts and Media, where she is currently a fellow. The photos were published in <em>Time</em> magazine, and you can see them by following the link below.</p><p>A warning: Like much of Addario’s work, these photographs are graphic, and disturbing. More sensitive viewers might be haunted, as I was, by the images of a young woman who struggles to give birth and ultimately dies.</p><p><a href="http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1993805,00.html">Related: Maternal Mortality in Sierra Leone: The Story of Mama</a></p><p>You can hear Addario narrate her photos in the audio excerpt above. When asked how she can deal with such troubling circumstances, Addario said that it is not her own feelings that cause her the most distress: &nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>I’m lucky - I can leave. Most of these people are in these lives forever. Knowing that is much more difficult than that I’ve seen something traumatic. I can leave. Most people suffer lives of abuse and hardship. That’s enough to get me through anything.</em></p><p><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified’s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Lynsey Addario spoke at an event presented by the <a href="http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Institute_for_the_Study_of_Women_and_Gender_in_the_Arts_and_Media/">Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women &amp; Gender in the Arts and Media</a> in May. Click <a href="../../story/lynsey-addario-institute-fellow-award-winning-photographer-87168">here</a> to hear the event in its entirety.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 20:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/looking-through-lynsey-addario%E2%80%99s-lens-87401 Global Activism: Rebuilding a village torn apart by civil war http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-activism-rebuilding-village-torn-apart-civil-war <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/samkarmoi.jpg" alt="" /><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--><p>Sam Kormoi is the founder of <a href="http://www.africanhopeanddignity.org/" target="_blank">Pan African Rural Health and Social Services (PRHeSS)</a>. Sam left Sierra Leone to study medicine here in Chicago. Civil war broke out and his village was destroyed, physically and emotionally. He tells us about the organization he started to help rebuild his hometown and the rest of the country.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 16:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-activism-rebuilding-village-torn-apart-civil-war The film "War Don Don" documents war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/film-war-don-don-documents-war-crimes-tribunal-sierra-leone <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/WarDonDon_SpecialCourtPeacekeepers.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The recent documentary,&nbsp;<em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.wardondonfilm.com/">War Don Don</a>,</em> follows the trial of Issa Sesay. Sesay was a commander of the rebel group Revolutionary United Front.&nbsp; For ten years, the RUF terrorized Sierra Leone with mass killings, amputations, and forced recruitment of child soldiers. The film paints a complex picture of the tribunal&rsquo;s contribution to the historical record in Sierra Leone. Filmmaker Rebecca Richman Cohen explains how she got involved with the tribunal.</p></p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 16:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/film-war-don-don-documents-war-crimes-tribunal-sierra-leone