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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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Q&A: Former child soldier speaks out for those without a voice
Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone, recently published his best-selling memoir, "A Long Way Gone." Now an influential advocate and writer in the United States, he discusses his work and life.

Fri, 29 0 2007 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 0 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 0 2008 00:00:01 GMT


UNHCR ends Liberian operation after helping more than 100,000 go home
A convoy of trucks carrying 798 refugees crossed the border from Sierra Leone at the weekend marking the end of the UN refugee agency's successful Liberian repatriation programme.

Mon, 2 0 2007 00:00:01 GMT


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 0 2008 00:00:01 GMT


Largest UNHCR convoy since Liberian refugees began returning home
The largest convoy of refugees to return to Liberia since the UN refugee agency's repatriation operation began in 2004 has arrived home in the wake of this month's inauguration of the new democratically elected president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Mon, 30 0 2006 00:00:01 GMT


UNHCR launches verification exercise in Sierra Leone
The UN refugee agency has started a verification exercise in Sierra Leone's camps to update refugee numbers in the country amid the ongoing repatriation to Liberia, and to assess the needs of those who remain.

Thu, 2 0 2005 00:00:01 GMT
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Sierra Leone’s Opposition Leader Is Sworn In as President
The new president, Julius Maada Bio, won a runoff after a campaign in which he promised to provide free education and rejuvenate the country’s economy.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 23:32:41 GMT


Janka Nabay, 54, Dies; Carried an African Dance Music Worldwide
A musician fled war-torn Sierra Leone for the United States, formed a band and introduced an ancient music, bubu, to a broad audience.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 22:14:39 GMT


Sierra Leone Hopes Election Can Move Nation Past Its Misfortunes
Candidates running for president in Wednesday’s election promise changes to the educational and health systems in a nation all too familiar with tragedy.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 20:32:24 GMT


Ebola’s Legacy: Children With Cataracts
Cataracts usually afflict the old, but doctors in Africa have been shocked to find them in Ebola survivors as young as 5.

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:03:06 GMT


Is a Jogging Ban in Sierra Leone for Safety or to Suppress Opposition?
The police have prohibited jogging in groups, citing disorderly conduct. Rights activists condemn the ban as an attempt to stifle public assemblies ahead of elections.

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 20:28:40 GMT


Sierra Leone’s Disaster Was Caused by Neglect, Not Nature
A deadly mudslide in the West African country’s capital is a result of poor planning and unenforced regulations.

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:41:05 GMT


Global News Quiz: Terrorism, Landslides and a Surprising Fight in the Pacific
Did you stay on top of the most important stories last week? Test your knowledge of international events with our quick quiz, recapping major news headlines and featured articles from across the globe. To take the quiz, click on an answer, and the correct response will be revealed after you choose.

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:05:45 GMT


Sierra Leone Mudslides Unlikely to Leave Survivors, Rescuers Say
A search and rescue mission that had been carried out since heavy rains caused the collapse of a hillside has now all but turned into an effort to recover bodies.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:13:07 GMT


Sierra Leone Buries Over 300 Mudslide Victims in Mass Graves
The disaster, which killed at least 400 people, awakens painful memories of past national traumas: the Ebola outbreak and Sierra Leone’s civil war.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:02:12 GMT


‘This Is Too Much for Us’: Sierra Leone Deluged by Mud and Grief
With hundreds dead and hundreds more missing after torrential rains and mudslides, residents of the country’s capital can’t find room for all the dead.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:49:33 GMT
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