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Talking Africa, 14 September 2017

ARI policy researcher Jamie Hitchen was a guest on Talking Africa's weekly podcast. The discussion focused on the recent mudslides and flooding in Freetown and possible ways forward.
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RFI English, 21 August 2017

ARI Policy Researcher Jamie Hitchen discusses with RFI how failures to prevent construction in hazard-prone areas contributed to a devastating mudslide in Sierra Leone that killed hundreds
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Ouest-France, 18 August 2017

ARI Policy Researcher Jamie Hitchen spoke about some of the underlying urban issues and government inaction which contributed to the deadly floods and mudslides in Freetown, Sierra Leone (in French).
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Thomson Reuters Foundation, 17 August 2017

The Thomson Reuters Foundation asked aid organisations, land rights activists and researchers what lessons Sierra Leone can learn from the mudslide to avert such crises in the future. One of those experts was ARI Policy Researcher Jamie Hitchen.
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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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