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24 Jan 2016 description

The World Health Organization confirmed a new case of Ebola in Sierra Leone Thursday, the second since West Africa celebrated the end of the epidemic last week.

By Ryan Lenora Brown, Correspondent Silas Gbandia, Contributor

12 Mar 2015 description

By Silas Gbandia, Contributor MARCH 11, 2015

Having lost family members themselves, Ebola survivors often face discrimination when they return to their communities. They also suffer from unexpected health side-effects from the virus.

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE — For Fonti Kargbo, Ebola fills up his waking hours.

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23 Sep 2014 description

FREETOWN — A three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone aimed at stemming the worst Ebola epidemic on record has identified dozens of new infections, but has not reached everyone in the country and is likely to be extended, a senior official said on Sunday.

In one of the most extreme strategies employed since the epidemic began, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million residents to stay indoors as volunteers circulated to educate households as well as isolate the sick and remove the dead.

28 Jun 2011 description

The West African nation plans to boost food production via a $400 million project to aid smallholders: subsistence growers farming on plots that average a mere four acres.

By Paige McClanahan, Correspondent / June 28, 2011

Freetown, Sierra Leone

• West Africa Rising is a weekly look at business, investment, and development trends.

26 Jul 2010 description

Forget the lack of rebels roaming villages or how many fewer women now face sexual violence, the best sign that Sierra Leone is moving past its brutal civil war is the fact that a trash truck now plies the streets of Freetown.

By Jina Moore, Guest blogger / July 26, 2010

Freetown, Sierra Leone

In Freetown recently, I came face to face with something that made me a believer: a trash truck.

A believer in what? That depends on what or whom you credit with the appearance of the trash truck. A newly buoyant national government?

30 Jan 2010 description

By Jina Moore / Correspondent / January 30, 2010

Zuluyee, Liberia; and Kailahun, Sierra Leone

The specialists know the warning signs. Analysts and scientists and field officers and academics spend years writing white papers, issuing reports and holding conferences, trying to provoke interest in issues that often seem arcane.

09 Jul 2008 description

Forgiveness is more than a generous heart, it's a practical matter in hardscrabble village life.

By Jina Moore | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

GPAINGBANKORDU, SIERRA LEONE - Before the war, when his village and his family and his body were whole, Temba Kekura was a farmer. He had few things, simple things, the things he needed - land, crops, family, and two strong arms. Then he became part of a story that repeats, village after Sierra Leonean village.

The rebels came. They looted, burned houses, raped. They killed Mr.

07 Jul 2008 description

Inspired by childhood memories of community rituals, human rights activist John Caulker treks across Sierra Leone to reconcile war crime perpetrators and their victims.

By Jina Moore | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

Kailahun District, Sierra Leone - John Caulker might know the rough, red-rock roads of rural Sierra Leone better than he knows the hallways of his own office in Freetown, the seaside capital.

There, streets are crowded equally by people and piles of trash - a sign, in its own unintentional way, of abundance. Kids hawk candies, shammies, pirated DVDs, …

10 Aug 2007 description

The war-torn country holds its first election without foreign peacekeepers on Saturday.

By Tristan McConnell, Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

Freetown, Sierra Leone - The last time residents of Sierra Leone were asked to choose their president, the tiny West African country was just coming out of a brutal 11-year civil war fueled by the illicit trade of "blood diamonds." There were 17,000 international peacekeepers in the country and the process was run by the United Nations.

Five years later, the peacekeepers are gone and Sierra Leone is trying to show …

07 Feb 2003 description

Model camp in Ghana anticipates thousands from Ivory Coast could flood already strained resources.

By Lane Hartill, Special to The Christian Science Monitor

BUDUBURAM REFUGEE CAMP, GHANA - Wearing Calvin Klein jeans and hairstyles worthy of the Oscars, young Liberian women prance down dirty streets here in polished pumps, their wake of perfume catching the attention of young men.

07 Oct 2002 description

Fighting broke out Sunday around the northern city of Bouaké as cease-fire talks faltered.

By Nicole Itano, Special to the Christian Science Monitor

ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST - Late Saturday afternoon, eight foreign and defense ministers from six West African countries sat slumped in the red canvas seats of a roaring French C-160 cargo plane, sweat dripping down their faces, frustration in their eyes.

18 Sep 2002 description

How one African country went from a bloody 10-year civil war to a stable democracy in just two years

By Danna Harman, Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE - A few days after New Year's 1999, the rebel group Revolutionary United Front (RUF), together with gangs of former government soldiers, staged the most violent attack yet on the capital, Freetown. The mission was code-named "Spare No Living Thing." Thousands of civilians were killed, raped, and mutilated with machetes. The sky filled with circling vultures, drawn to the blood.

20 Aug 2002 description

By Greg Campbell

27 Jun 2002 description

By Ann Scott Tyson, Special correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

03 Jun 2002 description

Refugees are gathering in camps and flowing into Sierra Leone as rebels may move on Monrovia.

By Danna Harman | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

GBARNGA, LIBERIA - The refugee camp is deserted, the displaced people gone. They ran away in a panic, not even sure who was after them. They did not leave much behind: a child's shoe here, a diary there. But then, they didn't have much to begin with. And now they are homeless again, shuffling down the roads looking for their next shelter.

22 May 2002 description

Diamonds fueled a decade of civil war. Can the nation's new leaders rein in illegal mining and trading?

By Danna Harman | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

KOIDU, SIERRA LEONE - The murky river Meya runs straight through Koidu town. Six months ago, a visitor would have seen thousands of teenage boys doubled over in the river - shirts off, brows dripping with sweat - sifting for diamonds.

Today, most of those boys are gone.

07 Nov 2001 description

By Danna Harman | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

MAKENI, SIERRA LEONE - Gibril Massaquoi fiddles with his heavy gold rings, one on each finger, as he ponders an uncertain future.

"We are prepared to give in our weapons, but we want something to do afterward," says Mr. Massaquoi, spokesman for the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), the rebel group that is disarming under a November cease-fire with the government. Nearby, a dozen ex-fighters sit around Massaquoi's porch looking bored, as a bevy of young girls paint their toenails. "We need schools.

30 Oct 2001 description

Child protection groups in Sierra Leone believe that thousands of children were branded by rebel armies.

By Danna Harman | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

BAFODIA VILLAGE, SIERRA LEONE - It's a hot evening in Bafodia village. A handful of children sit around the Mango trees, drenched in sweat, half-heartedly humming tunes as they slap away the mosquitoes.

All of them are shirtless in the heat, except two. Kaiadicu Kamara wears a turtleneck. Alfred Mansaray itches at his wool sweater.

25 Oct 2001 description

By Robert I. Rotberg

19 Jul 2001 description

By Greg Campbell Special to The Christian Science Monitor

A sick baby died in the African heat only hours before she was to be evacuated from the war zone in which she'd lived most of her short life.

She died amid a small knot of tired, desperate, and sick refugees who are among the estimated 2 million people who have been displaced during this country's two-decade civil war.

Early that Sunday morning they were registered for evacuation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and told to wait for a helicopter.