SIERRA LEONE / EBOLA MOTORBIKE TAXIS

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Okada motorbike taxi drivers in Freetown face health risks daily since the outbreak of Ebola. The UN estimates that there are between 50,000 and 80,000 Okada riders in Freetown alone who provide a major means of transportation for the locals. IRIN

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STORY: SIERRA LEONE / MOTORBIKE TAXIS
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DATLINE; 30 SEPTEMBER 2014, FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE

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1. Wide shot, motorcycles on road
2. Pan right, motor bike driver carrying passenger
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamad Piselbangura, Okada motorbike driver:
“Us, Okada drivers, we are facing a lot of risks because we are taking people from one point to the other. In a day, one Okada driver can take more than ten or 15 people.”
4. Pan right, motorbike driver carrying passenger
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamad Piselbangura, Okada motorbike driver:
“The simplest way to get Ebola is through body contact. And we are moving with people from one place to the other, so the risk is 100 percent.”
6. Med shot, motorbike drivers sitting on parked bikes
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Natoma Samora, Okada drivers’ spokesperson:
“We just have hand washing, then we have our coats. We always tell the passengers not to touch our own body.”
8. Pan right, motorbike driver carrying passenger
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamad Piselbangura, Okada motorbike driver:
“We are worried because we lost our colleagues, sixteen of them.”
10. Close up, UNICEF sticker with signs of Ebola on bike gas tank
11. Wide shot, motorbikes going by on street

STORYLINE:
Okada motorbike taxi drivers in Freetown, face health risks daily since the outbreak of Ebola.
According to a spokesperson for the drivers, at least 16 have died since late September.
The UN says there are between 50,000 and 80,000 Okada riders in Freetown alone who provide a major means of transportation for ordinary citizens.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamad Piselbangura, Okada motorbike driver:
“Us, Okada drivers, we are facing a lot of risks because we are taking people from one point to the other. In a day, one Okada driver can take more than ten or 15 people.”

It is a job that has become very dangerous.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mohamad Piselbangura, Okada motorbike driver:
“The simplest way to get Ebola is through body contact. And we are moving with people from one place to the other, so the risk is 100 percent.”

The drivers are now taking precautions.

SOUNDBITE (English) Natoma Samora, Okada drivers’ spokesperson:
“We just have hand washing, then we have our coats. We always tell the passengers not to touch our own body.”

The hope is that this will reduce the risk of contracting the disease.

SOUNDBITE (English) Natoma Samora, Okada drivers’ spokesperson:
“We are worried because we lost our colleagues, sixteen of them.”
In addition to their own survival, the drivers are helping others.
Last month, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) trained a group of motorbike drivers on Ebola to raise awareness. The campaign focuses on the symptoms of the disease and how it is transmitted.
It aims to reduce the number of people who are hiding suspected cases of close family members.
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