Sierra Leone was one of the hardest hit countries when the Ebola epidemic struck West Africa in 2014. Now it is battling the coronavirus. The first case was confirmed on the 31 of March and since then the numbers have been climbing steadily. Tyson Conteh is a filmmaker in Makeni, a city in northern Sierra Leone. He covered the Ebola outbreak for BBC Africa Eye in the documentary Standing Among The Living and now he is making a series of video diaries for BBC Africa Eye showing how his city is dealing with the coronavirus.
In the fourth episode, we look at the impact the country’s lockdown has had on the ability of people to feed themselves. Tyson meets a group of sex workers who believe hunger can kill faster than the coronavirus and so they continue to expose themselves to the public.
Directed by Tyson Conteh and Video by Chernor Mustapha Thoronka (Justice), The Future View Media Centre in Makeni.
Produced and edited by Jerry Rothwell and Sam Liebmann, Metfilm Production.
Music produced by Purple Field Productions PFP.