WBEZ | Sierra Leone http://www.wbez.org/tags/sierra-leone Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Saudi Arabia-Iran crisis deepens http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-05/saudi-arabia-iran-crisis-deepens-114383 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Sadri%20Big%20small.jpg" title="In this Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 file photo, Iranian and Turkish demonstrators hold pictures of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr as they protest outside the Saudi Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Diplomatic tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which began with the kingdom’s execution of al-Nimr and later saw attacks on Saudi diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic, have seen countries around the world respond. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)" /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/240544135&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Fallout between Saudi Arabia and Iran deepens</strong></span></p><p>The fallout from the diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran continues to spread across the Middle East. Kuwait is the latest country to take sides. The country recalled its Ambassador from Tehran. The crisis began after Saudi Arabia executed a Shiite cleric over the weekend, leading to protests in Iran and fires at the Saudi embassy in Iran.&nbsp; Saudi Arabia then severed diplomatic ties with Iran. There are concerns the ongoing crisis will lead to more sectarian violence in the region.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll examine the root causes of the row with Ahmad Sadri, a professor of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College.</p><p><strong>GUEST:</strong> <a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/faculty/sadri/">Ahmad Sadri</a> is a<a href="http://www.lakeforest.edu/academics/faculty/sadri/"> professor of sociology and anthropology</a> at Lake Forest College<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/240544819&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Could militant attacks jeopardize India&rsquo;s relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan?</strong></span></p><p>Pakistan&rsquo;s government says it&rsquo;s using info provided by India to investigate Saturday attacks by militants on an Indian air force base near their shared border. The assault killed seven Indian security personnel. The incident comes as the rival nations move towards &ldquo;reconciliation talks&rdquo;. Islamabad wants the talks to go forward, but New Delhi is waiting on the investigation and Pakistan&rsquo;s response. India suspects the attack was planned by the Pakistani militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed. Also on Saturday, attackers died in a gunfight at an airfield in the town of Pathankot - also on the India/Pakistan border. And on Monday, Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, briefed Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on an attack on the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Sumit Ganguly is professor of Indian Cultures and Civilizations and director of the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University-Bloomington. He&rsquo;ll share his thoughts on the skirmishes and what they could mean for India&rsquo;s relations with Pakistan and Afghanistan.</p><p><strong>GUEST:</strong> <a href="http://polisci.indiana.edu/faculty/profiles/sganguly.shtml">Sumit Ganguly</a>, professor of Indian Cultures and Civilizations and director of the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University-Bloomington<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/240545646&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Can Ukraine and Russia reach Compromise?</strong></span></p><p>Ukraine says it plans to ask the United Nations (UN) for a peacekeeping mission in the Donbass region in the country&rsquo;s East &ndash; the setting for ongoing fighting between government forces and Russian-backed rebels.&nbsp; Russia recently banned the import of some Ukrainian foods. In response, Ukraine issued its own ban on Russian goods. We&rsquo;ll ask Anders Aslund, if there is any room for compromise. He&rsquo;s senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the book, <em>Ukraine: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It</em>.</p><p><strong>GUEST:</strong> <a href="http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/about/experts/list/anders-aslund">Anders Aslund</a> is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He&rsquo;s the author of <em>Ukraine. What Went Wrong and How to Fix It.</em><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/240546402&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Prisoner of the Week: Chicagoan, Alie Kabba, denied bail in Sierra Leone</strong></span></p><p>Ali Kabba, former executive director of the Chicago-based United Africa Organization, is currently imprisoned in Sierra Leone. Kabba is seeking to run for President in the country. Arrested on charges of bigamy in early December, Kabba has been an outspoken critic of the current government. His campaign declares the charges false. Yesterday, after a court appearance, he was denied bail. We&rsquo;ll talk about the charges against Kabba with Kobe William, Chicagoland regional campaign manager for Alie Kabba.</p><p><strong>GUEST:</strong> Kobe (Koe bee) William is the Chicagoland regional campaign manager for Ali Kabba. Kabba is running for president of Sierra Leone.</p></p> Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-05/saudi-arabia-iran-crisis-deepens-114383 For some teen girls, surviving a rape can mean losing an education http://www.wbez.org/news/some-teen-girls-surviving-rape-can-mean-losing-education-113698 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/npr_4_3_15_slteens-73f5e54fe48c3617f3dd3844c55e5957a61141d3-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res455034458" previewtitle="Maria Fabrizio for NPR"><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="Maria Fabrizio for NPR" src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/06/npr_4_3_15_slteens-73f5e54fe48c3617f3dd3844c55e5957a61141d3-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="(Maria Fabrizio for NPR)" /></div><div><div>Last spring, with the Ebola outbreak under control, students in Sierra Leone returned to school after a months-long hiatus. But absent from the classrooms were several thousand adolescent girls. A law that went into effect in April bars &quot;visibly pregnant&quot; students from school.</div></div></div><p>The consequences of this new law have been heartbreaking, says Esther Major, who researches economic, social and cultural rights at Amnesty International. &quot;A 12-year-old girl I interviewed was five months pregnant. She was raped &mdash; and my heart broke,&quot; Major recalls. &quot;And she told me of her hopes and dreams to help people in the future but now she feels she won&#39;t be able to do that.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Major co-authored&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr51/2695/2015/en/">a report</a>&nbsp;Amnesty published this Friday titled&nbsp;<em>Shamed and Blamed: Pregnant girls&#39; rights at risk in Sierra Leone</em>.&nbsp;We asked her to tell us more about the law and its effects.</p><p>The interview has been edited for length and clarity.</p><hr /><p><strong>Why is Sierra Leone banning pregnant students?</strong></p><p>This official ban occurred in April, but we know that the practice had gone on informally for a long time.</p><p>Moijueh Kaikai, the minister of social welfare, told us that he could not have pregnant girls with normal girls because it&#39;ll encourage other girls in the class to get pregnant. He said, &quot;During the Ebola outbreak children were given clear instructions: Do not touch... These girls could not even comply with basic rules and there must be consequences for their actions.&quot;</p><div id="res455034500"><div><strong>RELATED:&nbsp;<a data-metrics="{&quot;category&quot;:&quot;Story to Story&quot;,&quot;action&quot;:&quot;Click Internal Link&quot;,&quot;label&quot;:&quot;http:\/\/www.npr.org\/sections\/goatsandsoda\/2015\/04\/06\/397272538\/visibly-pregnant-girls-are-banned-from-school-in-sierra-leone&quot;}" href="http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/04/06/397272538/visibly-pregnant-girls-are-banned-from-school-in-sierra-leone">&#39;Visibly Pregnant&#39; Girls Are Banned From School In Sierra Leone</a></strong></div></div><p>This language is deeply concerning. There is among many the idea that the girls have &quot;chosen&quot; pregnancy and should be punished as a result. But many of these girls are either victims of sexual violence or they didn&#39;t have the information or the health services to avoid early pregnancy. And even if they did choose to become pregnant, they should not have the right for an education taken away from them.</p><p><strong>Can these girls go back to school once they&#39;ve had the baby?</strong></p><p>Because they don&#39;t have the support and finances to have child care, the likelihood of their returning to school after giving birth is very, very slim.</p><p>Girls talked to us about their desire to contribute to their country and how they wanted to be nurses, doctors and lawyers, and would love to go to school if given the chance to do so. In particular one girl said how humiliated she felt when she found out she was pregnant and her school bag and books were given to her younger sister.</p><p><strong>Pregnant girls are also banned from taking national exams coming up this month, right?</strong></p><p>Yes. These two sets of exams on Nov. 23 are crucial. One set determines who can go on to senior high school. And the other set is for graduating seniors, in rough American terms similar to a high school diploma.</p><p>Some girls in desperation inevitably are going to try to hide their pregnancy in order to be able to sit these crucial exams. In our interviews, we heard that girls were strapping their stomachs down in order to pass for non-pregnant in order to be able to sit the exams.</p><p><strong>So &quot;visibly pregnant&quot; students are banned. But do schools actually check to see if girls are pregnant?</strong></p><p>We spoke to girls who had their breasts and stomachs touched and some were being forced to give urine tests.</p><p><strong>Your report recommends that pregnant girls should be allowed back in school and allowed to take exams. What else do you and your colleagues recommend?</strong></p><p>Schools should be prohibited from the treating girls in this degrading way to ascertain their pregnancy status.</p><p>One of the girls said to us, &quot;Instead of banning us from school, why didn&#39;t they give us sex education?&quot;</p><p>Instead of punishing the girls they should be punishing rapists. And giving the girls the information, health services and support they need to go forward.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/11/09/455012815/for-some-teen-girls-surviving-a-rape-can-mean-losing-an-education?ft=nprml&amp;f=455012815" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 12:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/some-teen-girls-surviving-rape-can-mean-losing-education-113698 Ebola epidemic continues http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-25/ebola-epidemic-continues-111158 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP620242088694.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Although some in Liberia are now referring to Ebola in the past-tense, the epidemic looks likely to continue past its ninth month. Laurie Garrett just returned from Sierra Leone and Liberia. She&#39;ll give us an update on what the epidemic looks like now.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ebola-epidemic-hits-9th-month/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ebola-epidemic-hits-9th-month.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ebola-epidemic-hits-9th-month" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ebola epidemic continues" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-25/ebola-epidemic-continues-111158 Financial burden of Ebola falls to African diaspora http://www.wbez.org/news/financial-burden-ebola-falls-african-diaspora-111031 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Ebola shipping.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Members of Chicago&rsquo;s West African diaspora say they are struggling under the pressure of supporting large extended families in Ebola-stricken countries, where the public health crisis has taken a <a href="http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2014/10/08/ebola-new-world-bank-group-study-forecasts-billions-in-economic-loss-if-epidemic-lasts-longer-spreads-in-west-africa">serious economic toll</a>. Some have turned to neighbors, government assistance programs and faith organizations for help -- not just to send back to their motherland, but to sustain their families in the U.S. during this period.</p><p>&ldquo;You know, to take care of five persons in America, at the same time to take care of more than 25 persons (in Africa), it&rsquo;s not easy,&rdquo; said David Young, &ldquo;and on a low income, it&rsquo;s terrible.&rdquo;</p><p>Young, a Liberian who came to the U.S. two years ago and was recently joined by his wife and three children, worries that his family might perish -- of starvation -- in Chicago&rsquo;s Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. The family receives free housing from the Chatham Fields Evangelical Lutheran Church, where Young is Music Director. Young says his take-home pay, about $1000 a month, is already low for a family that size. But lately, they&rsquo;ve had to make do with less, as he&rsquo;s been wiring about $600 montly back to his family in Liberia.</p><p>&ldquo;Because there&rsquo;s no work now in Liberia -- everything is shut down economically,&rdquo; Young explained, &ldquo;So, they tell me that they are not working.&rdquo;</p><p>The <a href="http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/09/17/000470435_20140917071539/Rendered/PDF/907480REVISED.pdf">World Bank </a>and <a href="http://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/ena/wfp268458.pdf">other international aid groups</a> confirm those reports. People in Ebola-stricken countries, afraid of catching the often-fatal virus, are staying home to avoid human-to-human interaction. This has left many households without income.</p><p>&ldquo;I am telling you that almost everyday they make a call,&rdquo; Young said about his family in Liberia. &ldquo;They have to call and tell us no food, no this one, no this, no that. They are not working. There&rsquo;s no jobs.&rdquo;</p><p>The amount that Young feels obligated to wire abroad has left him desperate for help feeding his family here. Trying to get help, Young said he has attempted twice to qualify for food stamps in Illinois. He was denied because he&rsquo;s lived in the U.S. fewer than five years. Because of the nature of his work visa in the U.S., an R-1 temporary visa for religious workers, Young also faces restrictions on what type of additional work he may seek to augment his income.</p><p>Still, Young feels compelled to continue to reach into his household&rsquo;s meager resources to scrounge whatever they can for his network in Liberia. In a front room of his house, a large blue barrel sits, half-full with items like hand sanitizer, soap, toothpaste, disinfectants, shampoo, and rice. All are items one can find in Liberia, but Young says his sons there tell him that pantry staples and basic household cleaning products have shot up in price since the outbreak began.</p><p>&ldquo;If you ask for a bottle of Clorox right now, it&rsquo;s very expensive,&rdquo; said Young.</p><p>Just across the street from Young&rsquo;s house, at the Chatham Fields Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pastor Kenety Gee helps lead a congregation with many Liberians. He said the financial toll of supporting family back home has hit them all.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really hard to look at the pictures, look at the stories, and ignore your family members,&rdquo; Gee said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really, really hard, so you got to stretch yourself.&rdquo;</p><p>Gee said he&rsquo;s no exception: one of his sisters in Liberia has a successful wholesale business, and never required Gee&rsquo;s support. But with Liberia&rsquo;s economy on hold, things have changed.</p><p>&ldquo;I send them $300 every week. That&rsquo;s $1200 a month,&rdquo; said Gee. &ldquo;But that&rsquo;s the kind of strain that is put on us here in the U.S.&rdquo;</p><p>The World Bank hasn&rsquo;t yet analyzed recent remittances to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Wiring services Western Union and Moneygram weren&rsquo;t able to share data. But people from all three communities share similar stories: that they&rsquo;re constantly transferring money, and that many have shifted away from shipping goods.</p><p>Artemus Gaye used to collect goods monthly to ship to Liberia. But his last 40-foot long container was sent in March. Since then, the business has dried up.</p><p>&ldquo;Who will you send it to now everyone has been quarantined, people are not moving around,&rdquo; said Gaye. &ldquo;The markets are very empty.&rdquo;</p><p>Today, Gaye&rsquo;s collecting protective medical gear and hospital supplies, which he hopes to ship in November. This isn&rsquo;t the usual stuff for this time of year. Normally, Gaye would be shipping Christmas presents. Still, he&rsquo;s optimistic that the market will be back to normal by the holiday</p><p>Gaye&rsquo;s encouraged by recent reports that Ebola is leveling off in Liberia.</p><p>&ldquo;We might be having a good Christmas season,&rdquo; said Gaye. &ldquo;You know, it&rsquo;ll be reflective, but at least people will be out there to do what they do best - interact with each other.&rdquo;</p><p>Many hope their family members in Africa will also be able to return, safely, to work. That could help ease finances for the diaspora in Chicago to celebrate the holidays, too.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/financial-burden-ebola-falls-african-diaspora-111031 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