Tag: sierre leone

‘Shamed and Blamed’ Sierra Leone bars pregnant girls from school

‘Shamed and Blamed’ Sierra Leone bars pregnant girls from school

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—At their meeting next month in Geneva, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child will review reports detailing the obstacles, risks and challenges imposed by governments that limit the prospects for children to succeed. Among the countries to be reviewed is Sierra Leone whose ban on admitting pregnant girls to mainstream schools was […]

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Mining tycoon of Sierra Leone, presidential hopeful passes in London

Mining tycoon of Sierra Leone, presidential hopeful passes in London

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—One of the wealthiest men in Sierra Leone who built his fortune in extractive industries died suddenly at White Chapel Hospital in London, according to the Sierra Leone Telegraph. Gibril Santigie Moseray “Super” Fadika was planning to run for the presidency of Sierra Leone in 2018 on the ticket of the All Peoples Congress. His […]

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Notorious ‘blood diamond’ trafficker nabbed en route to U.S.

Notorious ‘blood diamond’ trafficker nabbed en route to U.S.

| September 8, 2015

(GIN)—A U.S.-based businessman, whose dealings in “blood diamonds” replicated scenes from the 2006 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was pulled off an aircraft by police in Malaga, Spain. He was said to have a ticket for New York. The arrest was based on a complaint filed against Michel Desaedeleer in 2001 by five former diamond mine […]

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Sierra Leone celebrates as ban on public gathering lifted

Sierra Leone celebrates as ban on public gathering lifted

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—Sierra Leoneans filled the beaches, nightclubs and restaurants of Freetown and beyond, celebrating their freedom from the yoke of Ebola by a presidential order. President Ernest Bai Koroma lifted the ban on Friday, giving the green light to a wide range of activities including sporting events, nightclubs, eating at restaurants after 9 p.m., football/soccer and […]

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Sparks fly as Sierra Leone’s VP is expelled from party

Sparks fly as Sierra Leone’s VP is expelled from party

| March 18, 2015

(GIN)—An internal war is roiling the administration of President Ernest Bai Koroma with the Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana, at dead center. The VP, expelled last week from the ruling All People’s Congress (APC), is said to be forming a rival political movement from his home district in Kono, the country’s raw diamond capital, and an […]

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U.N. body demands debt cancellation for Ebola-impacted countries

U.N. body demands debt cancellation for Ebola-impacted countries

| February 5, 2015

(GIN)–The U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is calling on multilateral institutions and governments to cancel the debts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, giving them “breathing space” to address the region’s economic challenges. All three countries are ranked in the bottom 15 in the U.N.’s Human Development Index. “West Africa needs debt relief,” said […]

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Ebola:  Long, ugly tradition of treating Africans as savages

Ebola:  Long, ugly tradition of treating Africans as savages

| November 3, 2014

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Of the nearly 10,000 people who have been infected by the Ebola virus, fewer than 20 have been outside of the African continent. But, you wouldn’t know it from much of the alarm that’s being raised in some European news outlets and by the outrage of some American politicians who […]

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Concern grows as Ebola spreads

Concern grows as Ebola spreads

| October 31, 2014

By Brian E. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call (FinalCall.com)—The Ebola virus—that some maintain is a man-made product established in biological warfare research—is still overwhelming Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and now has spread to Europe and America. Experts are calling Ebola the worst outbreak of disease in recent times. At Final Call press […]

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If foreign docs can be airlifted out, why are African docs left to die?

If foreign docs can be airlifted out, why are African docs left to die?

| October 1, 2014

(GIN)–An observer to a recent U.N. emergency meeting on the Ebola outbreak counted the seemingly sincere promises of help by government after government yet a pledge to airlift stricken African doctors and health workers to restorative health facilities was nowhere in the discussion. “Despite all of the rhetoric seemingly laced with care and concern for […]

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Strip mines, pollution, de-foresting linked to Ebola’s deadly spread

Strip mines, pollution, de-foresting linked to Ebola’s deadly spread

| September 24, 2014

(GIN)–Pits in the ground from mining, forests stripped of trees, and water poisoned by toxic materials are among the lesser known culprits in the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease. In less than a year’s time, the virus has migrated from its “reservoir” in fruit bats to humans who may have supplemented their diets […]

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