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22 Mar 2018 description
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Catherine Ginty

The Ebola virus outbreak claimed 11,000 lives across West Africa in 2014-2016. In Sierra Leone alone, 3,956 people died and it is estimated that 12,000 children lost parents.

Rugiatu is nine and wants to be a teacher when she grows up. But her life has not been easy so-far. Rugiatu’s mother died during the Ebola crisis, which struck Sierra Leone 2014-2016.

20 Sep 2017 description
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David O'Hare

David O’Hare reports from Freetown in Sierra Leone where hundreds lost their lives in a massive landslide on 14 August.

I wake up on my first morning in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, to the sound of torrential rain outside.

I know that this sound must strike fear in people from Matome on the outskirts of Freetown. There was torrential rain right through the night and into the early morning of Monday 14 August when disaster struck their community.

22 Aug 2017 description
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Michael Solis

Trócaire is providing 'dignity kits' to people from the communities hit by a devastating mudslide in Sierra Leone. At least 500 people are known to have died, while many more are still unaccounted for.

Last Monday, 14 August, a mudslide swept through hillside communities in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The slopes of Mount Sugar Loaf above Freetown have suffered years of deforestation. That, coupled with recent heavy rains, sent the mudslide speeding down the mountain.

10 Jul 2017 description
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The Toolkit for Community Psychosocial Support (PSS) Workers is a compilation of tools for delivering services to children and adults in Sierra Leone.

17 Nov 2015 description
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By Michael Solis, Trócaire Programme Manager, Sierra Leone

Nineteen months since the onset of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Sierra Leone has been declared free of the disease.

This was after a period of 42 days — the length of two Ebola incubation cycles — had passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola was cleared.

09 Jul 2015 description

This short paper outlines priorities for successful and sustainable community-based health systems:

  1. Community engagement is crucial for getting to zero on Ebola. The governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea must continue to prioritise and resource this. We must ensure that lessons are learned and embedded for future Ebola outbreaks.

08 Jul 2015 description
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This paper provides recommendations for the Ebola Recovery Pledging Conference, July 10th in New York City, in building resilience and mitigating conflict risk in the national recovery strategy through the delivery of effective Psychosocial Support to Ebola affected families, communities and national systems in Sierra Leone. In summary our recommendations are:

1. The Government of Sierra Leone:

29 May 2015 description
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By Joanne O'Flannagan, Trócaire's Humanitarian Coordinator in Sierra Leone

Is Sierra Leone on the verge of being declared Ebola-free?

With no new cases having been reported in a week, hopes are high that the country has finally consigned Ebola to its past. However, in order to be officially declared Ebola-free a country must go 42 consecutive days without a new infection so Sierra Leone has a long way to go before the nightmare of Ebola can be declared to be over.

14 Oct 2014 description
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Posted by Liz Evers

The Ebola crisis continues to worsen, with over 4,000 people having died from the virus in West Africa.

Trócaire is working in Sierra Leone and Liberia, two countries affected by the crisis. We are responding to the crisis through our partnership with local Caritas and missionary organisations.

In Liberia we are supporting a hospital operated by the Franciscans. This response includes funding hand-washing stations and training health workers responding to the crisis.

10 Aug 2007 description
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This Saturday, August 11, sees presidential and parliamentary elections being held in Sierra Leone, a country rebuilding itself after a brutal civil war between 1996 and 2002. Despite social and economic problems, the country is making strides towards good governance and democracy.

Trócaire has been working in Sierra Leone since the 1970s and spent time recently helping local communities become aware of their rights in the election process and new councillors become aware of their responsibilities.

24 Nov 2006 description
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November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women marked the opening day of a worldwide campaign of 16 Days of Action against Gender Violence that seeks to raise awareness about gender-based violence.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the term 'gender-based violence' (GBV) is used to distinguish violence that targets individuals or groups of individuals on the basis of their gender, from other forms of violence. GBV includes violent acts such as rape, torture, mutilation, sexual slavery, forced impregnation and murder.

31 Oct 2006 description
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by Aonghus O'Keeffe

Santigie Aconteh's works with the youth in the village of Yamandu in Sierra Leone, which has a population of about 2,000 people. Santigie is helping the youth recover from the vicious civil war that ravaged the country. Before the war, Santigie worked with youth on agriculture projects, the lifeline of villages such as this. This was all put on ice during the war as many young people were taken from their villages by rebel forces to fight.

31 Oct 2006 description
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by Aonghus O'Keeffe

Damballa, Sierra Leone, is predominantly a farming village with rice and palm-oil the main commodities for income generation. During a recent visit, the villagers described the situation during the recent civil war, pointing to the remains of the old burnt-down community barra or centre.

During the war, they said that they were without food and shelter. People were not settled and were constantly running away from the village and into the bush in fear of their lives. Crops were left untended.

20 Apr 2006 description
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By Órla Fagan, Communication officer, Trócaire

02 Apr 2006 description
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By Órla Fagan, Communications Officier, Trócaire

12 Feb 2002 description
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Trócaire appealed to the Irish public today (February 12th) for help to rescue thousands of children from living as slaves in countries such as Nicaragua and Sierra Leone.

05 Aug 1999 description
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Trócaire today appealed to the Irish government and Irelands MEPs to take on the case of developing world countries that are losing out in the drive to rebuild Kosovo.