The arrival of Covid-19 shifted everything for us here in Lesotho – as it did in countries around the world! At The Hub in Morija, we closed all indoor operations in March 2020. We transitioned into online activism, creating open-source, multimedia Covid-19 educational content in Sesotho, all available as free downloads from our website. We also began to hold outdoor educational sessions for children and adults. We’re looking forward to getting back to our regular programming as soon as it’s safe to do so!
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this special edition of our annual WordPower magazine, in which young writers from Lesotho have tackled the topic of Covid-19. The poems and short stories in this edition present multiple perspectives – that of a school teacher, a student, a taxi driver – and explore the many effects of Covid-19 on society and on individual lives. We’re also proud to feature the lyrics of ‘Nthoe Tjena’ – a song released by The Hub in 2020, featuring nine local artists expressing their opinions on Covid-19 in Lesotho, government corruption, youth unemployment, and access to education.
We would like to extend a special word of thanks to our core sponsor, the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA) for their support of this magazine.
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