Scam, kidnap by South African police

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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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Protests Turn Deadly in Sierra Leone Over Rising Cost of Living
Clashes between protesters and security forces over rising fuel and food prices have left an unknown number dead, and the government has imposed a nationwide curfew.

Mon, 15 Aug 2022 08:21:57 +0000


Protests Turn Deadly in Sierra Leone
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets to demand the president’s resignation over the government’s perceived failure to control rising fuel and food prices.

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 17:17:32 +0000


New Laws in Sierra Leone Reshape Environmental Battleground
The West African nation will let communities veto mining, farming and industrial projects. Activists say the legislation is a progressive landmark. At least one investor calls it unworkable.

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 19:06:21 +0000


Your Thursday Briefing: Sri Lanka’s Leader Flees
Plus President Biden visits Israel, and negotiations continue over Ukraine’s blocked grain.

Wed, 13 Jul 2022 21:34:56 +0000


Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:31:24 +0000


Growing Numbers of Girls Resist Genital Cutting in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is one of a few countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have not banned cutting. Now, young women are defying mothers and grandmothers by refusing to undergo the procedure.

Wed, 15 Jun 2022 11:35:32 +0000


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
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