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Anthropologist JOSEPH OPALA lived in Sierra Leone for the past 23 years

Anthropologist JOSEPH OPALA lived in Sierra Leone for the past 23 years

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Anthropologist JOSEPH OPALA lived in Sierra Leone for the past 23 years. In May of this year, the Sierra Leone army staged a coupe and Opala thought he would be safe in the hotel where the Nigerian general was staying. Instead, the hotel became a target and caught on fire from the attacks. OPALA had to help other people get out of the country and was eventually evacuated himself. He'll talk about his experience. (THIS INTERVIEW CONTINUES INTO THE SECOND HALF)12:28:30 FORWARD PROMO (:29)12:29:00 I.D. BREAK (:59)12:

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