Letters from Lockdown – Liberia, Columbus, Chicago

May 6, 2020

Who better to seek advice from than a mother? This week, Team Snap brings you the fourth installment of, “Letters from Lockdown,” featuring moms around the world. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Snap Moms out there!


In the Liberian city of Monrovia, there was one neighborhood, notoriously the poorest neighborhood in the city, that was completely locked down during the Ebola crisis. Bendu Kanu Pajibo is a mother of three and has lived in that neighborhood her entire life. Find out she managed to keep her smile. 


After years struggling to get US papers, Edith Espinal finally had no choice but to hide from the government in the only place she felt safe. 

Learn more about Edith’s story, and support her caseHer team also put together a COVID-19 Stay of Removal, sign the petition


This isn’t the first time Ameena has been worried about her kids going outside. A violence interrupter talks life and death in Chicago. Hear her message to all the parents out there.

Learn more about Ameena and check out these Chicago organizations: Pause for Peace and Protector of the Bread Food Pantry. 

Thank you, Bendu, Edith, and Ameena, for sharing your stories with us!

Produced by Shaina Shealy, Naomi Zeveloff, Anna Sussman, Liz Mak, Ana Adlerstein, John Fecile

Music by Renzo Gorrio, additional production by Pat Mesiti-Miller

Artwork by Sanaa Khan

Digital Producer: Marisa Dodge

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Producer Credit:
Original Score: 

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