Coronavirus (915) BBC: Fighting fake news in a refugee camp

18 August, 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-53695376/coronavirus-fighting...

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'False beliefs about coronavirus are especially dangerous at South Sudan's Yida refugee camp, which is ill-equipped for any virus outbreak.

“They haven’t even got the tools to take temperature,” says Raga Gabreel, director of Green Kordofan Charity.

More than 46,000 people live in the Yida camp, most of them young people displaced by war in neighbouring Sudan.

But some of the young refugees are doing their best to fight the myths and accurately inform the camp’s residents.'

Extract: "The number of fake news and dodgey ways of treating illnesses is quite frightening. [The people] have ideas that they cannot have it because of the colour of their skin, or there is no worry they can have it because the sun will kill it... We thought it might help if people could get some information from trusted sources

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Best wishes, Neil

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