Sierra Leone

Deadly mudslide in Sierra Leone kills hundreds

By Eddie Haywood, 17 August 2017

Occurring in the early morning hours on Monday, the mudslide buried a mass of shanty dwellings and claimed over 300 victims.

Life after deportation

Deported Sierra Leone immigrant raised in the US speaks out

By Genevieve Leigh, 13 July 2017

“My mother and father are in the US, and all of my friends. I feel like a foreigner in ‘my own’ country.”

Persistence of Ebola epidemic exposes global health failure

By David Brown, 4 July 2015

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed a record number of people because of the region’s desperate poverty and the miserly international response.

Ebola epidemic: West African governments prohibit public Christmas celebrations

By Bernd Sackow, 27 December 2014

The measures taken are more akin to those used by a police state to control the population and they symbolise the inadequacy of the medical measures to fight the Ebola epidemic.

Global corporations compete for West African minerals

By Trevor Johnson, 1 July 2010

West Africa has become the scene of intense competition between international mining companies as the price of minerals has risen after the recession of 2009. At the centre of this development is a region that covers parts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, recognised as the biggest of the world’s remaining undeveloped minerals deposits.

Pregnancy ends in death for one in eight mothers in Sierra Leone

By Barry Mason, 7 October 2009

An Amnesty International report shows that women in Sierra Leone have a one-in-eight chance of dying from the complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth.

Nigerian military topples Sierra Leone junta

By Bill Vann, 21 February 1998

Following a nine-day offensive and a bombardment of the city of Freetown, Nigerian military forces succeeded in toppling the military junta which seized power in the West African state of Sierra Leone in May of last year.