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Covid-19 restrictions give rise to political tensions in Sierra Leone

The country has experienced violent incidents of unrest in recent weeks

Soaring sexual violence pushes Sierra Leone to face ‘rape culture’

Many attacks go unpunished, and those that are reported often fail to end in indictments or make it through the judicial system, rights groups say

A love letter to struggling Sierra Leone

The poor country epitomises the step-by-step realisation of democracy taking place in Africa

Opposition leader takes charge in Sierra Leone

But the losing candidate promises to challenge the legality of the election

Sierra Leone: Flood survivors stuck in temporary shelters

It's been over three months since a mudslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone, left 6,000 persons affected. Many continue to live in temporary shelter

Doubts about fire that destroyed Sierra Leone opposition’s party offices

Sierra Leone opposition leader has seen his party office go up in flames, been arrested on several occasions and charged in court.

Sierra Leone bans festive gatherings on Ebola fears

The army is to enforce the government's travel ban during the Christmas period and a military presence aims to deter street celebrations.

Sierra Leone’s Ebola-hit Freetown is a city on edge

Just a day's drive from the epicentre of the outbreak, it's little wonder Ebola propagates panic quicker than it spreads death in the coastal city.

Sierra Leone anxiously awaits election results

Sierra Leone on Monday anxiously awaited preliminary results from watershed elections that international observers declared free and fair, despite allegations of vote-rigging from some parties. Preliminary results from Saturday's presidential and legislative ballots were expected later in the day.

Sierra Leone battles high maternal mortality rate

Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. In developed countries, on average there are fewer than 10 maternal deaths for every 100 000 live births. In Sierra Leone, the rate is nearly 200 times higher. This statistic, from the United Nations children's agency Unicef, is just one of several staggering indicators of the lethal nature of childbirth in one of the world's poorest countries.

Taylor’s lawyer seeks to prevent change of venue

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor's interim defence lawyer is in Sierra Leone to challenge attempts to move the warlord's trial to The Hague, sources close to Taylor said on Tuesday. Karim Khan filed an urgent application to the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone to ask that no decision be made on the trial venue until the defence is allowed to comment on the issue.

Taylor receives first visitors at detention centre

Former West African warlord Charles Taylor received his first private visitors on Wednesday, exactly a week after he was arrested, as an international rights group said he must be treated humanely and given a fair trial for crimes against humanity.

Jesus says: Pay your taxes

Tax officials in Sierra Leone have infuriated Christians with the publication on Monday of newspaper advertisements saying Jesus Christ supported the paying of taxes. The half-page advertisements quoted Jesus's reply when he was asked if he was against a law requiring the payment of taxes to the Roman emperor.

Zero tolerance for UN troops involved in sexual abuse

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone may be preparing for the final pullout of its peacekeeping force by the end of the year, but it seems, the mission wants to leave behind a clean record, in so far as sexual exploitation and abuse is concerned. This follows a number of of cases of sexual exploitation in the four years that the peacekeepers have been staying in Sierra Leone.

Guinea still occupies Sierra Leonean territory

Angry Sierra Leoneans are demanding that their government ask Guinea to withdraw its troops from their territory, which they occupied five years ago. Troops from Guinea occupied the eastern border town of Yenga during Sierra Leone's civil war between the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front and government forces.

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