At New Internationalist, it has always been a priority of our journalism to put people in the Global South in control of their own stories. As a campaigning magazine that shines a light on inequality between and within nations, we want people to describe and reflect on their experiences – be that of Ebola, piracy, or patriarchy – in their own words.
This collaboration with On Our Radar has brought exciting new tools to bear on our established ways of working. It has been a privilege to meet this remarkable network of Sierra Leonean citizen reporters, trained up to tell the stories that they decide are most important, about the aftermath of Ebola and baby steps towards recovery.
The end result – 10 pages of direct storytelling in our June magazine ‘Love in the time of Ebola’, will be published on newint.org over the coming month. This is a powerful collection of stories, unmediated by observers or media houses. They bring home the impact of this deadly epidemic on the ties that bind us together, in a way that is unique and profound. We hope you will enjoy them.