As may of you may have come to know, we run a news service which caters to the exclusive coverage of sexual minority in Liberia, thanks to help from Prof. Ken Harper of Newhouse Center for Global Engagement at Syracuse University.
This service, aptly titled journalRAGE, began over a fit of anger felt in a homophobic, biased and slanted publication of a Liberian journalist.
Our goal is to reflect a true representation of Liberia’s sexual minority, change the skewed reports and get policymakers to acknowledge the existence of a marginalized group.
To do this, we have embarked on an effective reporting of stories which, most times, are often shared on wider and receptive platforms such as FrontPage Africa and New Narratives (thanks to Lennart Dodoo, Rodney Sieh, and Prue Clarke) to gain traction and reached intended targets.
Times are hard and most of our reports are self-funded as we seek to take an independent stance. And to bring you more stories, we need support from you, our readers and ardent followers.
Little things such as access to the internet is now, sadly, a challenge for us due to new regulations from the government which makes it ridiculously expensive.
We pool our little resources together to draw up ideas for stories, transport ourselves to sometimes dangerous places, buy cards to call sources and buy data to have access to the internet in order to bring those stories to you in your email via MailChimp, Facebook and other fora.
And we have accomplished all of that without a single penny coming from outside or anywhere. We believe we could – and yes we can – do more if you donate $5 or $ 10 to fund our efforts.
Our stories have uncovered that access to justice in Liberia is bleak for sexual minorities, lack of social protection for teens fleeing persecution from their families for being gay, violent homophobia, education and survey from partners with aligned interests to bring to light issues confront the LGBT community in Liberia.
And so as the holiday approaches, kindly remember the work we do and we hope that what we do has touched your conscience to propel our fortitude to rage more. A nickle or dime will go a long way to fuel that fire. And as we’d say in Liberia, “any number can win!” To donate, click here.