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Ebola victims sue Sierra Leone government over mismanaged funds

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Two Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone filed a lawsuit in a regional court on Friday, accusing the government of mismanaging funds during an epidemic that killed more than 3,000 people in the West African nation.

Sierra Leone health workers sue government in Ebola case

Two Sierra Leonean health workers on Friday sued their government in a West African court, alleging its misuse of donor funds during the Ebola crisis had contributed to the deaths of thousands. The Ebola virus surfaced in Guinea in late...Show More Summary

WATCH: The diamonds of Africa

DURBAN - The biggest diamond from the mines of Sierra Leone has been sold. There are many other diamonds from Africa that have been sold or been set in jewellery for famous people including Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's fiancé, whose engagement ring has a diamond from Botswana. Show More Summary

'Peace Diamond' fetches $6.5m for Sierra Leone at New York auction

The diamond was found in a Sierra Leone village earlier this year and government promised money from the auction will benefit locals.

Sierra Leone's huge 'peace diamond' fetches $6.5 mn

A huge so-called "peace diamond" sold by the government of Sierra Leone to discourage crime-tainted "blood diamonds" fetched $6.5 million on Monday. The 709-carat stone, which was unearthed in March, is the largest discovered in Sierra Leone in almost a half-century and is between the 10th and 15th largest ever found worldwide, experts say. Show More Summary

Response to Ebola outbreak leads to improved mental health services in Sierra Leone

A new report highlighting how vital mental health services were developed in Sierra Leone during the response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak is published today in the WHO Bulletin. The report, which the WHO hopes will act as a blueprintShow More Summary

Response to Ebola outbreak leads to improved mental health services in Sierra Leone

(King's College London) A new report highlighting how vital mental health services were developed in Sierra Leone during the 2014 Ebola outbreak is published today in the WHO Bulletin.

Disasters Abound--but You Can Make a Difference

South Asia, Sierra Leone and southern Texas are experiencing catastrophic flooding and landslides. Here's how to help -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

In the heart of devastating outbreak, research team unlocks secrets of Ebola

(University of Wisconsin-Madison) In a comprehensive and complex molecular study of blood samples from Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, published today (Nov. 16, 2017) in Cell Host and Microbe, a scientific team led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified signatures of Ebola virus disease that may aid in future treatment efforts.

Why Goodwill Ambassador Ishmael Beah Gives to UNICEF

As a child in Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah lost everything. UNICEF helped give him back a future.

Sierra Leone unearths 476-carat gem in new diamond find

last monthArts : Artdaily

Sierra Leone said Saturday miners had unearthed a huge 476-carat diamond, eight months after an even more valuable find in the country's diamond-rich east. It appears to be the 29th largest diamond ever found, according to experts, but it is unclear what the hefty stone might be worth. Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

IPA has an opening for a Country Director for our Sierra Leone and Liberia offices (above photo comes from the former). A lot of interesting projects are happening there and our offices there have historically worked very well with the governments. … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

French press review 31 October 2017

In France access to popular university courses is to be reformed. Sierra Leone looks to the sun for its power supply. And there's a handy guide to Donald Trump's latest worries.

The Small Kitchen Doing Big Things in Lower Roxbury

At Bintimani, wife-and-husband duo Baindu and Sahr Josiah feed Lower Roxbury food from their native Sierra Leone Tucked away in a Lower Roxbury building called Mr. G’s Plaza is a West African restaurant called Bintimani. Owned and operated...Show More Summary

Egg-sized diamond for sale: proceeds to benefit Sierra Leone's poorest

2 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : AOL: Style

DAKAR, Oct 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sierra Leone will auction one of the world's largest diamonds to fund development projects in the impoverished community where it was found, the group managing the sale said on Tuesday. Read more... Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments

Will Sierra Leone’s 'Peace Diamond' Benefit The Poor Or Become Another 'Blood Diamond'?

2 months agoNews : Newsweek: US

Auctioneers have described the Peace Diamond as the 14th largest in the world

Sierra Leone to sell 709-carat diamond in New York auction

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

Sierra Leone said Tuesday it plans to auction off a massive 709-carat diamond at a December sale in New York, aiming to make a clean break with the "blood diamonds" of its past. The stone, which was unearthed in March, is the largest...Show More Summary

Sierra Leone awaits 27 citizens being deported from US

Sierra Leone's government says it has issued the necessary documents and awaits the arrival of 27 citizens being deported from the United States for drug crimes and other offenses. Foreign … Click to Continue »

Police block peaceful action by women affected by SOCFIN oil palm plantation in Sierra Leone

3 months agoIndustries / Agriculture : Grain

On September 21, 2017 about 150 to 200 women were stopped by police on their way to Pujehun to urge local authorities to take action against the Luxembourg-based oil palm plantation company SOCFIN for grabbing their lands and committing other related human rights abuses. Show More Summary

How media and ethnic politics intertwine in Africa

Journalists Kelvin Lewis in Sierra Leone and Linus Kaikai in Kenya discuss how best to navigate the murky waters of ethnic politics, especially when reporting on elections. They found out that even though their countries were on opposite sides of the continent, they shared the same concerns over how political blocs play on ethnicity to win votes.

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