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AFP Africa, 17 August 2017

Jamie Hitchen, ARI's Policy Researcher , told AFP that poor urban planning had been a problem for years in Freetown, but that the government response had "broadly been one of inaction".
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Quartz Africa, 16 August 2017

ARI Policy Researcher Jamie Hitchen was quoted by Quartz Africa talking about the failure of political action to address underlying urban issues in Freetown in light of recent mudslides and flooding.
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BBC News, 16 August 2017

ARI Policy Researcher Jamie Hitchen spoke to the BBC on why he thinks more could have been done to prevent the devastating floods in Freetown; pointing the finger in particular at the lack of political will to act.
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The Wall Street Journal,15 August 2017

ARI Policy Researcher, Jamie Hitchen was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal on the flooding and mudslides that have killed hundreds in Freetown. He spoke on how unaddressed urban-management challenges were a factor in the disaster.
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BBC World Service, 15 August 2017

ARI Policy Researcher Jamie Hitchen spoke to the BBC World Service's Newshour programme about the devastating mudslides and floods which have affected Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. 
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NPR, 14 August 2017

ARI Policy Researcher, Jamie Hitchen was quoted by NPR on the lack of urban planning in  Freetown which like exacerbated the devastation caused by flooding and mudslides.
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The Guardian, 14 August 2017

ARI Policy Researcher, Jamie Hitchen was interviewed by The Guardian on the flooding that has engulfed Freetown and the urban management issues it exposes annually.
10 things to watch in Africa in 2016 by Africa Research Institute
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10 things to watch in Africa in 2016

Rising debt, the ever-growing prominence of social media and a battle for the soul of the ANC are just some of the things Jamie Hitchen and Nick Branson are expecting to see in Africa in the year ahead.
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Flooding in Freetown: a failure of planning?

In September 2015 floods in Freetown killed seven people and rendered several thousand homeless. Jamie Hitchen explores the systematic failings of city management that exacerbate the problems caused by heavy rainfall.
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