Sierra Leone

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‘Suffocating intimidation’: female politicians in Sierra Leone on sexism and abuse
As the country gears up for polls in June, women in politics speak out about refusing to be silenced despite the abuse and intimidation they face

Isabel Choat

01, May, 2023 @1:18 PM

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‘I’ve seen hell’: the allegations rocking women’s football in Sierra Leone
Claims of sexual harassment and poor facilities accompany questions over Isha Johansen, who says she did all she could as the country’s FA head

Ed Aarons, Romain Molina and Alex Cizmic

26, Mar, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Behind the fanfare of James Cleverly’s visit to Sierra Leone, the need to restore aid is starkly apparent
The foreign secretary received a warm welcome in the country of his mother’s birth but critics say the slashing of aid budgets undermines the message of support for women and girls

Isabel Choat in Bo

16, Mar, 2023 @12:40 PM

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Fifa investigating former Sierra Leone Women’s coach over harassment claims
Fifa is investigating allegations of sexual harassment by the former coach of the Sierra Leone women’s national team

Ed Aarons , Alex Cizmic and Romain Molina

08, Feb, 2023 @12:02 PM

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‘Patients were chained to walls and beds’: Freetown’s psychiatric hospital released from the past
The Sierra Leone capital’s colonial-era asylum has modernised, offering psychotherapy, yoga and basketball as well as drugs – and has thrown away its shackles

Tom Collins in Freetown

17, Jan, 2023 @6:30 AM

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Sierra Leone’s president defends large education budget as ‘necessary risk’
Julius Maada Bio says 22% allocation of total government funding is needed to ensure all children can go to school

Tom Collins in Port Loko and Freetown

23, Nov, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Lost and found: how a single clue led to the rediscovery of a crab not seen for 225 years
The label on a specimen of Afzelius’s crab, a species last seen in 1796, simply said ‘Sierra Leone’. Scientists headed to the country to see if they could find the land-dwelling crustacean

Graeme Green

17, Nov, 2022 @4:00 PM

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‘Explosion of violence’: Sierra Leone picks up the pieces after protests
At least 21 protesters and six officers have been killed as anger over the soaring cost of living spins out of control

Emmanuel Akinwotu in Lagos and Muhammed Basiru Sanusi in Freetown

21, Aug, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Sierra Leone backs bill to legalise abortion and end colonial-era law
Country hails ‘monumental step’ towards expanding reproductive rights at a time when the US has overturned them

Emmanuel Akinwotu, west Africa correspondent

06, Jul, 2022 @11:57 AM

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China funnels its overseas aid money into political leaders’ home provinces
Schools and airports help the leaders of countries that receive cash from Beijing tighten their grip on power, a new book claims

Vincent Ni, China Affairs Correspondent

29, May, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Bid to overturn Sierra Leone loitering laws that activists claim ‘criminalise poverty’
Citing claims of violence and rape by police, lawyers and activists mount legal challenge to laws brought in under British rule

Sarah Johnson

04, May, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Secondhand bikes and city traffic: the joy and grit of an African cycle race
Sierra Leone’s Tour de Lunsar is a showcase for the country’s talent, aiming to open doors for aspiring young athletes

Tom Owen. Photographs by Matt Grayson

21, Apr, 2022 @7:00 AM

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