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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 …

27 Oct 2000 description

Next month the UN may consider a global treaty to govern the diamond trade.

15 Sep 1999 description

Why, a mother asks, is there no war-crimes tribunal here?

Corinna Schuler, Special to The Christian Science Monitor

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE - The rebels who lined up Victoria Kajue's family against a wall and opened fire will never be punished for killing her six children - or the tens of thousands of other civilians who died in one of the most barbaric civil wars this continent has ever seen.

"I saw them execute all of my children and a two-year-old grandson," says Mrs. Kajue, caressing photos of her lost children with trembling fingers.

30 Jun 1999 description

Much has been said about the disparity in the world's response to the crisis in Kosovo and to equally desperate situations in other regions, particularly in Africa.