The Current

The Current for March 25, 2022

Today on The Current: The role of foreign fighters in Ukraine; how Fatou ‘Toufah’ Jallow sparked a MeToo movement in Gambia; Paolo Pietropaolo’s The Cello's Tale; and what to consider as pandemic restrictions lift.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Thousands of foreign fighters, including Canadians, have joined the war effort in Ukraine. Matt Galloway discusses their role — and the risks they face — with René Provost, a professor of law at McGill University's Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism; and Asya Metodieva, a researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague.

Then, Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow was 18 years old when she alleges she was raped by former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh. She tells us what it was like to speak up, how she fled to Canada and how she used her experience to empower other sexual assault survivors in her homeland.

Plus, CBC Music host Paolo Pietropaolo brings us The Cello's Tale, a story inspired by Russian history, but reflective of the war in Ukraine today. 

And pandemic restrictions are lifting across Canada, but the more transmissible BA.2 subvariant appears to be causing a spike in case numbers. Infectious diseases specialist Dr. Lisa Barrett discusses what precautions Canadians should still be taking.

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