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Just say no? Sierra Leone tests new ways to cut teen pregnancy

Sep 05 2019

FREETOWN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Umu Bangura was 16 when she got pregnant by a man who gave her money and told her he loved her, but soon after disappeared - a crisis faced by many young mothers in the West African nation, which has one of the world's highest adolescent birth rates.

Senegal's scandalous soap: can TV drama drive change for women?

Sep 04 2019

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Djalika wants to divorce her abusive husband. Her best friend Dior escaped a forced marriage and moved to the city, and her colleague Mareme is brazenly having fun with a married man.

Satellite data shows hunger looming in Senegal, Mauritania

Aug 30 2019

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of thousands of people in Senegal and Mauritania are at risk of going hungry in the coming year because not enough grass has grown to feed the region's cattle, analysts said on Friday.

No pot of gold for locals as China mines Sierra Leone

Aug 22 2019

MASUMBIRI, Sierra Leone (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When the Chinese gold miners came to Masumbiri town in northern Sierra Leone, everyone lined up for jobs.

With reservoirs at risk, Sierra Leone capital confronts water crisis

Aug 18 2019

FREETOWN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Half the year, Iyatunde Kamara worries torrential rains will wash her house off its hillside and into the rivers of waste that flow through Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.

Ebola spread to new Congo area shows flawed response: aid workers

Aug 16 2019

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ebola's spread to a new part of Democratic Republic of Congo is a disturbing sign that health workers are failing to keep track of high-risk people on the move, aid agencies said on Friday.

Child soldiers and deaths surge in Mali as violence worsens

Aug 13 2019

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of children forced to join armed groups in Mali has doubled since last year amid worsening jihadist and ethnic violence, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Central African Republic sees sharp decline in violence

Aug 08 2019

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Central African Republic may be getting safer, according to new figures from the United Nations that show a sharp drop in the number of attacks and human rights abuses since last year.

Seeking to save money, Sierra Leone village gives up FGM

Aug 08 2019

THAWUYA, Sierra Leone, August 08 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Salimatu Kanu trained for four years at the shrine in her Sierra Leonean village to become a "sowei" - women who initiate girls into adulthood through female genital mutilation (FGM).

'Sometimes we have to abandon the patients': Treating Ebola in Congo's warzone

Jul 04 2019

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Doctor Marie-Claire Kolie knew Ebola only as a mysterious disease from medical school textbooks when it hit her home country of Guinea in 2014.

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