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Sierra Leoneans sue government for alleged environmental failings at diamond mine

Aug 29 2019

FREETOWN Sierra Leoneans living next to the country's largest diamond mine are taking their government to West Africa's regional court for failing to protect them from alleged environmental lapses by the company that runs it, a subsidiary of Octea Limited

San Francisco crowdfunder Kiva sets up Sierra Leone credit database

Aug 26 2019

(This August 21 story corrects to make clear Kiva a nonprofit organisation, not charity, paragraph 1.) | Video

Sierra Leone community's suit against diamond miner shows activist trend

Aug 06 2019

FREETOWN, August 6 At the foot of a slag heap some 40 meters high, Adi Kalie Bangura showed the black welts that dot his arms and legs that he says are the result of drinking and bathing in water contaminated by Sierra Leone’s largest diamond mine.

Sierra Leone school defies state ban on pregnant girls in class

Jul 16 2019

FREETOWN When Mariatu Sesay realized she was pregnant at 14, one thing scared her more than the social isolation she felt in the classroom: Sierra Leonean law banned her from attending school at all because she was expecting. | Video

Sierra Leone's fishing ban to replenish stocks yields little

Apr 29 2019

TOMBU, Sierra Leone Sierra Leone is nearing the end of a one-month ban on industrial fishing that local fishermen hoped would replenish stocks but whose impact has been limited by its short span and the financial muscle of foreign companies. | Video

Jane Goodall returns to Sierra Leone chimp sanctuary fighting the odds

Feb 28 2019

FREETOWN Jane Goodall visited a chimpanzee sanctuary in Sierra Leone on Thursday that has taken on the veteran primatologist's mission to protect the animals threatened by deforestation, disease and hunting. | Video

Sierra Leone's president declares 'rape scourge' a national emergency

Feb 08 2019

FREETOWN The brutal rape of a young girl by her uncle in Sierra Leone became the rallying point for a campaign that on Thursday pushed President Julius Maada Bio to declare the prevalence of sexual violence a national emergency. | Video

Sierra Leone's sick suffer untreated as doctors strike

Dec 13 2018

FREETOWN Seven-year-old Carlos Kamara needs urgent surgery on a collapsed lung after he swallowed a toy whistle. Instead, all he can do is lie in pain in a half-empty hospital ward waiting to be seen. | Video

Sierra Leone's sick suffer untreated as doctors strike

Dec 13 2018

FREETOWN Seven-year-old Carlos Kamara needs urgent surgery on a collapsed lung after he swallowed a toy whistle. Instead, all he can do is lie in pain in a half-empty hospital ward waiting to be seen. | Video

Sierra Leone's sick suffer untreated as doctors strike

Dec 13 2018

FREETOWN, Dec 13 Seven-year-old Carlos Kamara needs urgent surgery on a collapsed lung after he swallowed a toy whistle. Instead, all he can do is lie in pain in a half-empty hospital ward waiting to be seen.

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