Alpha Kamara & Jonathan Omaru – Media Challenge Winners, Sierra Leone

Alpha Kamara & Jonathan Omaru are two of the winners of the Media Competition: ‘Reporting Sensitively on Harmful Practices’ for their article on a family demanding justice from an FGM practitioner. Their report was a special for UNFPA UNICEF Joint Program on the Elimination of FGM, published in October 2023.

Their report was published in the Calabash Newspaper on the 15th January 2024.

Sowoh Sandy, a 65-year-old FGM practitioner, was apprehended in early 2023 for charges
including manslaughter, forceful initiation, harassment, and inflicting physical pain on Masiray
Sei, a 21-year-old mother of two who tragically succumbed to FGM.