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07 Aug 2015 description
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Fatimatu was dead. Mohamed Conte, a member of the Red Cross Ebola burial team, had lowered her corpse into the ground. But when he returned to the van to take off his protective clothing, she stood defiantly in front of him, an apparition.

“‘Isn’t that Fatimatu?’ I shouted to my colleagues. But they couldn’t see her,” Conte said.

The psychological effect of Ebola on aid workers, coupled with community stigmatisation, has left many of them to suffer alone, with some being driven to self-harm and alcoholism.

06 Mar 2015 description
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06 MAR 2015 00:00 ARTHUR NESLEN

"The end of the outbreak is in sight, but the high human and economic costs are yet to be tallied."

Regional and world leaders have called on the international community to scale up their efforts to rebuild the nations devastated by Ebola amid fears that the death toll from the outbreak could be even higher than previously thought.

11 Oct 2002 description
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Richard Dowden

David Crane, the prosecutor for the special court for Sierra Leone, strode up the overgrown path to a single-storey blue building on the Tomboudou hillside and peered gingerly through the door.

Grinning back at him from the floor were a dozen skulls. They were, however, not what he was looking for. This particular crime scene was, he said, "contaminated"; it had been tampered with.

In the diamond-rich east of Sierra Leone, Tomboudou was a key town in the 11-year civil war. Diamonds dug here by various factions were bartered for guns and food.

21 May 2001 description
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Two out of three soldiers could be infected with the virus, according to a United Nations report

JAMES ASTILL

Britain's efforts to rebuild the Sierra Leone army are being threatened by the spread of HIV/Aids, with a test sample indicating that two out of three soldiers could be infected with the virus, according to a United Nations report.

The study suggests that in conditions created by a 10-year civil war Aids has exploded in Sierra Leone.

09 Nov 2000 description
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The West African regime is threatened from forces within and outside its borders

BRIGITTE BREUILLAC

Since the start of September fear has gripped southern Guinea. It has been attacked by armed groups from neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The region has been subjected to armed incursions in the past. But this time the invaders are not interested solely in getting supplies. They have attacked military targets such as Macenta in the south east, where they took over an army camp and blew up a munitions dump.

01 Sep 2000 description
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Study a map of Sierra Leone and you might find it difficult to imagine that the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) is losing its war.

CHRIS MCGREAL reports.

Four months ago the government's authority barely extended beyond the capital and the last means of escape, the international airport disturbingly far across the Sierra river. Beyond that, RUF rebels were largely in charge.

The rebels are no longer such a threat. Freetown is more secure than at any time for years, and the RUF's hopes of seizing power have been dashed.

26 Jul 2000 description
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Efforts to create a special court for war criminals in Sierra Leone have been stymied by disagreements between the United States and Britain over the scope held by such a court.

MARK TRAN reports

British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook and the US ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke, have held several discussions on the issue but have been unable to bridge their differences.

In a UN Security Council meeting last week Britain was described by a source as "refusing to budge" as members swapped ideas on the court.

19 Jun 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. June 19 2000

31 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 31 2000

With military help in short supply, the Sierra Leone government is torn between pushing for a decisive victory or restoring a shaky peace deal.

By MARTIN WOOLLACOTT in Freetown

President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah's ministers gathered yesterday at the presidential lodge, on a breezy ridge high above the muddy heat of Freetown, to greet the head of state on his return from a meeting of regional heads in Nigeria.

31 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 31 2000

The 16-nation Economic Community of West African States has called on the UN to toughen its mandate in Sierra Leone from "peacekeeping" to "peace enforcement".

By CHRIS MCGREAL in Freetown

West African governments have agreed to send an extra 3 000 troops to bolster United Nations forces in Sierra Leone amid government claims of significant new military successes against the Revolutionary United Front.

29 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 29, 2000

26 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 26 2000

Refugees claim that Sierra Leone's rebels are using young boys as forced labourers on the diamond mines

By CHRIS MCGREAL in Bo

Camp Splendid's residents long ago judged Sierra Leone's reality much better than the politicians. When peace was proclaimed last July, the 8 000 refugees did not celebrate. When the UN said the war was over, none made the long trek back home. And when the rebels went back to war this month, no one was surprised.

24 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 24 2000

A campaign to clean up the world diamond industry could finally end the war in Sierra Leone.

By EWEN MACASKILL and IAN TRAYNOR

Diamonds are the key to stability in Sierra Leone, with the capability of being sold to prolong the country's civil war or to rebuild the nation and create a better-equipped and trained army and police force.

22 May 2000 description
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Daily Mail and Guardian - Johannesburg, South Africa. May 22 2000

JOHN SWEENEY reports from Freetown on the sickening reality of the conflict in Sierra Leone which is turning children as young as nine into bloodthirsty killers

The whites of his eyes fluttering like moths in their sockets, he staggered forward and groaned softly but repeatedly, taking weaker and weaker steps before he collapsed. Giggles all around.

19 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 19 2000

UN calls for a ceasefire after the capture of RUF leader Foday Sankoh are unlikely to put an end to the fighting.

By CHRIS MCGREAL IN FREETOWN and RICHARD NORTON-TAYLOR

British military officials intend to press ahead with the war against Sierra Leone's rebel Revolutionary United Front despite the capture of its leader, Foday Sankoh.

18 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 18 2000

President Kabbah's government is unlikely to be able to ignore public sentiment as Sierra Leoneans bay for rebel leader Foday Sankoh's blood.

By CHRIS MCGREAL in Freetown

The crowd outside the gates of Sierra Leone's army headquarters was clear about what it thought should happen to the rebel leader being held inside.

"We should chop his arms off like he chopped the arms off helpless people," said Julius Hafi. "We should chop his feet off so he cannot run away, and then we should kill him.

17 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 17 2000

Reports of torture have caused a split in the UN peacekeeping force, with its military commander backing the assault against the rebels while Kofi Annan's special representative is pressing for a ceasefire.

By CHRIS MCGREAL in Freetown

There is growing political pressure on British commanders in Sierra Leone to rein in the military assault against the Revolutionary United Front because of new threats against almost 500 UN peacekeepers held hostage by the rebels or semi-hostage by the president of neighbouring Liberia.

15 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 15 2000

Pro-government fighters in Sierra Leone turned on each other as rebels launched an assault on a key town.

By CHRIS MCGREAL in Freetown

British attempts to weld pro-government fighters in Sierra Leone into an effective force were set back yesterday when the army and militia turned on each other during a rebel assault on Masiaka, a town about 40 miles east of the capital.

12 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 12 2000

'Get back and fight. Don't run away'

By CHRIS MCGREAL in Waterloo

The Sierra Leone army fled in the face of a rebel assault about 25 miles from Freetown yesterday, as United Nations forces dug in to protect the capital and the British army prepared for a possible assault on the international airport.

Desperate government soldiers turned and ran after an hour-long battle with Revolutionary United Front rebels near Newton, saying they had run out of ammunition and had not eaten all day.

11 May 2000 description
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Johannesburg, South Africa. May 11 2000

Peacekeepers and refugees flee in anticipation of a repeat of last year's violence but UN says military plans are in place to protect Freetown.

The pretence of peace dissolved in Sierra Leone yesterday as Foday Sankoh's rebels fought their way to within 25 miles of Freetown and advanced along the main road towards the capital. The assault sent United Nations peacekeepers fleeing once again, along with thousands of refugees. But the government's newly rearmed forces claimed to be holding their own.