Feliciano dos Santos from Mozambique has been getting good press lately. This is the story I produced for PRI’s The World a couple of weeks ago.
Here’s a guy who, outside of Mozambique, was an unknown until about three months ago. Then he got the Goldman Prize and, perhaps more importantly, a publicist who knew who to call in the U.S. to make sure Santos’ story got told. And now a lot of people know about a man whose childhood-contracted polio prompted him to think of clever ways of teaching people in Niassa province in northern Mozambique how to keep their water clean and disease free. Water-borne disease, aspects of sanitation in which water is a vector, it’s all fodder for lyrics written by Feliciano dos Santos and his band Massukos.