More Footprints Needed in the Mud. Time is Running out in Sierra Leone.
A recent mudslide in Sierra Leone is presenting a real challenge to Americans. It's forcing us to focus on the things we have in common with people who live in such a different part of the world. Let's start with the obvious stuff. We are all human. We have two hands and two feet. Each of the two hands has five fingers. While each of the two feat has five toes. Also, we all speak English. That's right. People in Sierra Leone speak English.
That last thing could help Americans solve one of the major problems reguarding Sierra Leone. Six hundred people are missing. Hundreds of them are dead. Thousands more are without adequate medical care. But, at the time of this publication, days after the mudslides, this story is not a priority for main stream media in the United States. We could soon change that. Because, people in Sierra Leone speak English.
Many of these English speaking residents have mobile internet. As a percentage of the population, there is very little access to the internet. But, it's there. It's enough to create a narrow passage. It's a bottle neck that Americans can us to access the kings of main stream mass media in Sierra Leone. Those kings are the owners of radio stations. Over 70% of the people in Sierra Leone listen to the radio on a daily basis.
What would happen if everybody who read this article forwarded it to anybody that they know who is close to anybody in Sierra Leone? Eventually, it could push through the internet bottleneck in that country. Then the message could reach Sierra Leone's radio stations. The broadcasters could tell the mudslide survivors to communicate their message directly to American media in any way necessary. Tell them to use the internet. Use the telephone. Those American journalists want to hear from people on the ground in Sierra Leone.
As soon as you are finished reading this message. Take time to check your social media contacts. Send this article directly to anybody who might be close to somebody in Sierra Leone. But, before you get started, join our Multi Fest Collective Action Group.