Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone president declares rape a national emergency

2019-02-08 14:45

Sierra Leone's president has officially declared a national emergency on rape and sexual violence in a major step toward addressing the issue in the West African nation

Sierra Leone opens graft probe into actions of previous govt

2019-01-30 15:14

Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio has tasked a special commission with investigating allegations of widespread corruption and abuse of office under the government of his predecessor.

Sierra Leone opposition protesters granted bail

2019-01-08 15:00

A court in Sierra Leone has granted bail to 14 opposition supporters after they took part in New Year's Eve protests over the arrest of a former minister for alleged corruption.

Is Africa starting to choke on China's lending glut?

2018-10-22 06:15

Sierra Leone's new government has scrapped a contract with a Chinese bank to build an airport, bluntly declaring it 'uneconomical'. Instead it will use an existing, underused airport and improve access to it.

At least 11 dead, 70 hurt in Sierra Leone military vehicle accident

2018-10-03 10:07

At least 11 people died and dozens more were injured when a Sierra Leone army vehicle overturned on a hill in the capital Freetown, the military says.

Teen killed as violence hits Sierra Leone by-election

2018-10-01 09:55

Violent clashes erupted during a local by-election in Sierra Leone leaving a teenager dead and prompting the cancellation of the ballot, police and election officials say.

Rocky start for Sierra Leone's free school programme

2018-09-18 17:38

Some two million children in Sierra Leone have went back to school in a key test of the country's landmark free education programme for primary and high school students.

Sierra Leone remembers victims of deadly mudslide

2018-08-15 11:28

Sierra Leone's president Julius Maada Bio has joined dozens of survivors of a mudslide that hit the capital of Freetown last year to remember the dead.

Ebola: Profile of a dreaded killer

2018-07-25 12:50

Fever, vomiting and intense diarrhoea are among the symptoms of Ebola. As the latest outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is declared over, here are some facts about the virus.

Sierra Leone arrests former officials on corruption charges

2018-07-06 14:13

Sierra Leone's anti-corruption commission says a former vice president and former minister have been arrested as the West African nation's new leader takes aim at graft.


What a constitutional clause reveals about Liberians’ ideas of citizenship

2019-02-05 13:51

Liberian President George Weah believes the current citizenship regulations in the country are unnecessarily "racist" and restrictive, writes Robtel Neajai Pailey.

S Leone ban on initiation rites sparks rampage

2019-01-25 15:56

Members of a secret society in Sierra Leone went on a rampage in the southeast of the country to protest a new ban on initiation rites prompted by deadly unrest, police have said.

Sierra Leone's chimpanzees pay price of human expansion

2018-10-30 19:53

They have their hands full at the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, where record numbers of orphaned chimps are being delivered to their care, victims of the relentless expansion of human activity.

Sierra Leone scraps project for Chinese-built airport

2018-10-11 10:20

Sierra Leone has scrapped a $400m scheme for a Chinese-built airport, saying the scheme was too costly.

Sierra Leone military truck flips, kills at least 10

2018-10-02 18:15

Sierra Leone's defence ministry says at least 10 people are dead and several others are wounded after a military truck had brake failure, flipped and caused an accident in the capital, Freetown.

Sierra Leone expels 38 Chinese for 'child labour' in mining

2018-09-27 10:00

Sierra Leone is to deport 38 Chinese for alleged involvement in illicit gold mining and child labour, officials say.

Sierra Leone launches free education programme

2018-08-21 06:15

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio has launched his programme of free education for 1.5 million primary and secondary school children starting from September, fulfilling one of his key election pledges.

New Ebola virus found in Sierra Leone

2018-07-26 21:02

A new Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone, two years after the end of an outbreak that killed over 11 000 across West Africa, the government has said.

Sierra Leone war criminal back from Rwandan jail

2018-07-09 20:02

The commander of a Sierra Leone militia alleged to have hacked civilians to death and burnt others alive has returned from Rwanda to serve the rest of his sentence at home, a UN-backed court has said.

Police 'impunity' goes on in Sierra Leone: Amnesty

2018-07-04 20:12

Freetown's new government has failed to restore rights to freedom of assembly and to prosecute police officers who killed protesters under the previous regime, a leading rights group has warned.

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