Among the Numbers

Africa and the Middle East, Why Women Count

mary-musaFifty-eight year old Mary Musa is the first woman Chair of New Sembehun Town Council in Koidu, in the heart of Sierra Leone’s conflict-riddled diamond industry in Kono district. Brought up in a poor farming family where boys, not girls, were educated, Mary’s mother encouraged her to finish her schooling and win a college scholarship and a higher teacher’s certificate. One of the few women in Sierra Leone to have risen to leadership through the grassroots, Mary is a widow with five children of her own – who is also raising another 15 children orphaned during Sierra Leone’s bitter civil war.

Production: Talking Drum Studio

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Among the Numbers
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