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The oldest university in West Africa, Fourah Bay College is on a steep hill overlooking Freetown. Mr Melbourne Garber grew up there, and then went to the UK to train as an engineer for service to his country. But his country's economy collapsed when he was away, and then his country was sucked into the civil war of its neighbor Liberia. Mr Garber works with a team of engineers in Manhattan; one of their projects was the African Burial Ground. Mr Garber told his story at Fordham University on the 50th Anniversary of Sierra Leonean independence. Read his story, click here.
Son of Sierra Leone, Sidique Wai, is the liaison between the New York City Commissioner of Police and the communities of Africans in the 5 boroughs of New York. Consequently, Mr Wai goes to many African events, and other events for immigrants from everywhere, often several in one night.

Because he needs to know the triumphs of the tragedies of immigrants from Africa as they rebuild their lives in America, and in New York.

And he is tireless campaigner for human rights for all immigrants. Below, listen to Mr Wai speak.

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Sierra Leone
News feed from UNHCR

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Sierra Leonean refugees relocate to new houses in Liberia
Sixteen Sierra Leonean refugee families relocate to houses rehabilitated in a town near the Liberian capital Monrovia under the local integration process.

Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:01 GMT


Liberian town sets aside land for local integration of Sierra Leoneans
A town in northern Liberia sets aside land for the construction of 60 houses for Sierra Leonean refugees, giving a boost to efforts aimed at local integration.

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:00:01 GMT


Sierra Leonean refugees in Guinea advised on end of their status
Over the past week the UNHCR operation in Guinea embarked on a campaign informing Sierra Leonean refugees on the upcoming cessation clauses of their refugee status and its implications

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:00:01 GMT


On an island awash in music, a refugee adds his voice
For a refugee from Sierra Leone, studying music at the Edna Manley visual and performing arts college in Jamaica has been a lifeline back to normality.

Wed, 2 Jul 2008 00:00:01 GMT


Refugee status for Sierra Leoneans to end
UNHCR recommends that states end refugee status for Sierra Leoneans who fled civil war, saying the root causes of the problem have ceased to exist.

Fri, 6 Jun 2008 00:00:01 GMT


UNHCR declares cessation of refugee status for Sierra Leoneans
We are recommending to states to end refugee status for Sierra Leoneans who fled their country during the decade-long civil war which started in 1991, since the root causes of the Sierra Leone refugee...

Fri, 6 Jun 2008 00:00:01 GMT


UNHCR staff rock to the rhythms of the Refugee All Stars
The acclaimed Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars band paid their first visit to the Geneva headquarters of the UN refugee agency on Tuesday and had staff dancing in the atrium and galleries of the building.

Tue, 3 Jul 2007 00:00:01 GMT
News feed from New York Times

Latest Top (10) News


Your Wednesday Briefing: Russia Bombards the East
Moscow’s military offensive in eastern Ukraine has begun.

Tue, 19 Apr 2022 22:04:00 +0000


This Psychiatric Hospital Used to Chain Patients. Now It Treats Them.
Sierra Leone, one of the world’s poorest countries, is working to build a modern mental health system from scratch.

Mon, 11 Apr 2022 21:13:19 +0000


A Covid Mystery in Africa
Why coronavirus case and death rates have been so low in much of sub-Saharan Africa compared with the rest of the world.

Thu, 07 Apr 2022 10:11:02 +0000


Is Covid Sparing Africans? The Mystery Matters.
On a recent reporting trip to Sierra Leone, I came across a crowded soccer match, a rock concert and a huge wedding. No one had a mask on. But I didn’t find any Covid cases at the hospital. People said, there’s no Covid here.

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 21:56:14 +0000


Uno de los misterios de la COVID-19: la baja mortalidad en África
Las proyecciones estimaban que el coronavirus devastaría al continente africano, pero parece que a los países de mayores ingresos, y con mejores sistemas sanitarios, les ha ido mucho peor.

Thu, 24 Mar 2022 09:00:35 +0000


Trying to Solve a Covid Mystery: Africa’s Low Death Rates
The coronavirus was expected to devastate the continent, but higher-income and better-prepared countries appear to have fared far worse.

Wed, 23 Mar 2022 09:00:29 +0000


Africa’s Vaccine Challenge
Covid vaccination rates in Africa are still worryingly low, averaging about 14 percent.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 21:55:02 +0000


In Africa, a Mix of Shots Drives an Uncertain Covid Vaccination Push
Supplies are more plentiful now but they are unpredictable and often a jumble of brands. Many places can’t meet the W.H.O.’s recommended dosing schedules.

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 13:59:30 +0000


How Much Do You Know About Sierra Leone?
Can you find Sierra Leone on a map? What else do you know about this country in western Africa?

Mon, 06 Dec 2021 13:45:52 +0000


Sierra Leone Explosion Kills More and Strains Health System
Victims are still dying from injuries after a fuel tanker burst into flames last week in Sierra Leone, a country that has no burn units.

Sun, 14 Nov 2021 17:54:36 +0000
Diaspora asks for help to eliminate ebola deaths. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2014 v8n2 p0729

I received a letter yesterday from 3 friends. I visited their village of origin with members of their families in 2010, delivering protective medical supplies in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the fight for women to survive childbirth. We delivered by army trucks 99 boxes that Mrs Zainab had collected and shipped.

"Please support Amuloma Development Foundation to put together 1,000 boxes of gloves and ship it to the affected areas.

Mrs Zainab Wai-Lansana, 347-636-0362
Mr Alfred M Jamiru, 646-301-5520
Mr Albert Kallay, 347 599-9987     
 
Mail gloves or checks to Amuloma Development Foundation Inc, 501 New York Avenue, Suite B, Brooklyn, NY, 11225.

1 Box of gloves - $3.00
1 Case (10 boxes of gloves) = $30.00
Articles and resources on Sierra Leone click here.
Location of  Sierra Leone  (dark blue)– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)– in the African Union  (light blue)  —  [Legend]
Above, map and flag from Wikipedia. Story about Sierra Leone International Day of Grief, click here.
Ebola resources:
- page on ebola videos, description click here.
- WHO feed to a general index page click here.
-Liberia has sent out an urgent plea for medical protective clothing for health professionals caring for patients who have ebola click here

Sierra Leone is in my heart. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2011 v4n1 p1025


I was in the audience at a townhall meeting for the African diaspora in June 2009 when I heard Mrs Zainab Wai-Lansana talk about her fund-raising efforts in Sierra Leone, click here to read the article I wrote.


Zainab wanted to raise funds to feed pregnant women so they would not die in childbirth. The appalling statistic that more women in Sierra Leone die in childbirth than in any other country grabbed MJoTA Publisher, who followed Ms Zain to Freetown in August 2010 to find out why. Cecil Samba, who is Sierra Leonean and a social worker, moves back to Freetown after some decades in New York, and works hard to stop women dying in childbirth, click here.


Stories from the time in Sierra Leone include an interview by the Sierra Leonean newspaper Unity, click here; overview of the trip to Nigeria and Sierra Leone, click here.


On the day of the 50th anniversary of independence in 2011, I listened to structural engineer Melbourne Garber talk about his life growing up happily in Sierra Leone after independence and before financial collapse and civil war. He had a happy life and you can read about it, click here.

51st Anniversary of Independence in Sierra Leone. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2012 v5n1 p0426

We have the 51st anniversary of the independence of Sierra Leone tomorrow, Apr 27 2012, and I will be celebrating with Sierra Leonean communities. And this morning I woke to headlines that Charles Taylor has been convicted of aiding and abetting the Liberian rebels who set up shop in eastern Sierra Leone and marched with Sierra Leonean rebels into Freetown, causing havoc.

Charles Taylor was the leader of rebels from 1989, and president of Liberia from 1997 to 2003. During this time Liberia went through waves of civil war that was described in the movie Pray the Devil Back to Hell, click here,

For stories on the Nobel Prizes awarded to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, click here, to Liberian social worker Leymah Gbowee, click here