SANDWICHED BETWEEN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO AND RWANDA, THE ISLAND OF IDJAWI HAD NO INTERNET ACCESS UNTIL LAST MONTH. HOST SCOTT SIMON SPEAKS WITH JACQUES SEBISAHO, A DOCTOR AND NATIVE OF IDJWI ISLAND, ABOUT HOW THE COMMUNITY HAS RESPONDED TO THE INTERNET
SCOTT SIMON, HOST: When's the last time you connected to the Internet? Maybe we should say when are you ever not connected? But two-thirds of the world's population does not have access to the World Wide Web, and until recently neither did the people of Idjwi Island in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The island, which is located on a lake right on the border with Rwanda, has just gotten wired. We're now joined by Jacques Sebisaho, who is a doctor and a native of the island. And he splits his time there between there and New York City. Doctor, thank you very much for being with us.
DR. JACQUES SEBISAHO: Thank you, Scott.
SIMON: So, how did this idea of bringing the Internet to Idjwi Island come about?
SEBISAHO: Twice we lost doctors. So, the first one who came, who didn't last more than a few weeks, said he liked the idea. Initially, he believed in it but he couldn't get in touch with his family. And the second one…