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Malaria song released to commemorate son

Emmanuel lost his son to malaria. Today he releases a song to ensure other parents know the symptoms.

Shortly after joining our malaria reporting network, Emmanuel Bundu lost his own son, Shadrach, to the disease. He was just 5 years old.

Despite his grief, Emmanuel has remained committed to reporting and capturing the stories of how malaria destroys lives and livelihoods in his community.

“After I lost my son to malaria, I felt very determined to join the fight against malaria to save [others] from the diseases because I didn’t want other parents to experience what I went through.”

A few weeks ago, Emmanuel decided to write and produce a song to raise awareness of malaria. Music plays a big role in community messaging in Sierra Leone and much of the important health information around Ebola was successfully promoted via songs.

Emmanuel got together a group to help him, secured studio space in Bo, southern Sierra Leone and turned his idea into a reality. Today, we are releasing ‘Malaria Must Go!’ to mark World Malaria Day and commemorate Shadrach.

“The loss of my son to malaria is the great inspiration behind this song, I look forward to seeing a more safer environment free from malaria in my country. I hope the song will be impactful and play a key role in raising awareness and influencing people do the right thing to protect themselves from malaria”

Fellow reporters, Bankolay Turay and Patrick Lahai, captured the process in this short film.

Credits:

Directed, produced and shot by Bankolay Turay
Assistant Producer – Patrick Lahai
Editor – Mohamed Dauda Kamara
Song written and produced by Emmanuel Bundu
Song production team – Sylvanus Bangura, Sukainatu Walters, Daniel Kaitemoh, Francis Ndionjeh and King Rahman