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Award-winning series Africa Investigates back on Al Jazeera

• First episode, Liberia: Living With Ebola, now available to embed:

The second season of Al Jazeera’s award-winning Africa Investigates kicked off on
Wednesday, 12 November 2014, asking whether the Liberian government is making the
Ebola crisis worse.

“This groundbreaking series gives some of Africa’s best journalists the opportunity
to pursue high-level investigative targets across the continent – using their unique
perspective and local knowledge to put corruption, exploitation and abuse under the
spotlight,” says Al Jazeera English’s executive producer Diarmuid Jeffreys, who adds
that the first season’s Spell of The Albino won a One World Media Award and was
nominated for a Royal Television Society Award.

In the first episode of the second season, Liberia: Living with Ebola, Sierra
Leone’s Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody winner Sorious Samura teams up with Liberian
investigative journalist Mae Azango, a winner of International Press Freedom Awards
from both The Committee to Protect Journalists and Canadian Journalists for Free
Expression. Working together, the pair explores the reality of living through the
world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic, which has killed nearly 5 000 people in eight

Sorious and Mae film with a Red Cross body collection team who risk their lives
travelling around Monrovia picking up the dangerously contagious corpses of the
deceased.  They also spend time in an Ebola treatment unit run by Medecins Sans
Frontieres and follow emergency response teams working in the Red Light slum, one of
Monrovia’s poorest and most densely populated districts.

Some of these Red Cross workers are unpaid volunteers, like Robert. “I’m doing this
to have this particular sickness alleviated from my country,” he says. “I love my

But Sorious and Mae also encounter deep anger among Liberian health workers. Most
receive $280 a month for jobs that bring them into daily, dangerous contact with
Ebola victims. Many are suspicious that government corruption is preventing the
distribution of money donated by the international community.

“This remarkable film gives a deeply disturbing insight into what it is like to live
in a society gripped by dread of contagion and mistrust of the authorities, a place
where no-one shakes hands any more, where a mother will think twice before picking
up a sick child to give it comfort,” says Diarmuid. “But it is also a world in which
ordinary people are making the most extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of their
community – and indeed the rest of us.  If the fight against this deadly virus is to
be won, then it is in places like Liberia’s slums where Ebola must be overcome.“

As in 2011, Africa Investigates is produced in collaboration with the Emmy-winning
investigative team at Insight TWI: The World Investigates. Liberia: Living With
Ebola is directed by Clive Patterson and features original music composed by Grammy
Award winner Daniel Platzman.

Watch and embed the full documentary:

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Kevin Kriedemann & Joy Sapieka
Publicists: Africa
+27 83 556 2346 (Kevin)
+27 73 212 5492 (Joy)

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