Sierra Leone

UK Border Staff 'Unprepared' To Deal With Ebola

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK

Border staff do not feel adequately prepared to deal with the possibility of people with Ebola coming to the UK and need more information about the th...

American Doctor Infected With Ebola Is Rightfully 'Terrified'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK

An American doctor who travelled to West Africa to fight the worst ever outbreak of Ebola has said he is "terrified" and "praying fervently to God" th...

Man Tested For Ebola In Birmingham As Fears Grow Over Virus Spread

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK

The British government views Ebola as a "very serious threat", Philip Hammond said today, as it emerged that man has been tested at a hospital in Birm...

American Doctor Contracts Ebola In West Africa Outbreak

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers, | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK

A US doctor has contracted Ebola in the epidemic that is ravaging west Africa - the first American to contract the disease in an outbreak that has kil...

British Doctors On Look Out For Ebola Spread

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

British doctors have been warned to look out for symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, now sweeping through West Africa. British health officials hav...

Jessica Elgot

Africa Needs More Than A Witch Doctor To Stop 'Out Of Control' Ebola Outbreak

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK

When villagers in some of the most remote corners of West Africa began to show symptoms of a deadly, unknown virus, locals tried traditional cures, be...

In Terms of Numbers Affected and Geographic Region, This Is the Worst Ebola Outbreak Ever

Gwen Wilson | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Gwen Wilson

Ebola is such a contagious and deadly disease. This is the worst outbreak ever, both in terms of numbers affected and geographic region. It is the first time Ebola has appeared in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, so there's a lot of misunderstanding, which breeds fear, and it's that fear that presents the biggest challenge.

Ebola Outbreak Provokes Shift in Attitudes Towards Health Care and Burial Rituals in Sierra Leone

Amjata Bayoh | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Amjata Bayoh

Despite the work of both government and Médecins Sans Frontières, there is still an atmosphere of anxiety surrounding the crisis. Lahai says that patients admitted to the hospital for other conditions have been escaping because they are afraid and don't feel protected: every day someone dies from Ebola and they think that they are at risk of dying if they continue to stay at the hospital.

Ebola Is Now Spreading 'Out Of Control' Across West Africa

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

West Africa's Ebola epidemic is completely "out of control", with more than 60 outbreaks across three nations and doctors overwhelmed by the number of...

Being In Prison In England 'Is Human Rights Abuse,' War Criminal Says

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK

An African war criminal has launched a legal challenge claiming that being in prison in the north east of England is an abuse of his human rights. ...

Elite Athlete Goes Missing After London Marathon

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK

An elite female athlete from Sierra Leone has gone missing following the London marathon. Police said Mami Konneh Lahun, 24, vanished after finishi...

Ebola - Taming a Killer Virus

Unni Krishnan | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Prevention is better than cure- this maxim applies for all disasters, including public health crisis such as an Ebola outbreak...

No Child Should Be Born to Die

Karen Elson | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Karen Elson

I cannot imagine being in labour and forced to trek miles and miles in the hope to deliver in safe conditions. One woman I met Kula, delivered her baby on the side of the road in the dark with the threat of snakes and other dangerous animals to contend with. She had walked miles from her village to the one where we met to hire a canoe. She didn't make it as far as the village before she gave birth and her baby only made it as far as the water's edge when it passed away as she waited for two hours for a canoe to take her and her newborn baby to the clinic. Kula's story shocked Kate and I to the core. We were overwhelmed with grief for her.

Inspired By the Resilience and Courage of Women in Sierra Leone

Angela Rippon | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Angela Rippon

Visiting Sierra Leone - a country best known for the atrocities and devastation caused by an 11-year civil war (it is estimated that 250,000 women were raped) - isn't probably high on most people's list of things to do.

The Destruction of Ivory Stocks Should Be Welcomed - But We Must Now Explain the Human Cost of this Vile Trade

Julius Maada Bio | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Julius Maada Bio

This human cost should not be forgotten. Rather it should be central to any anti-poaching policy. If we do not change the conversation, this evil trade will only continue unabated. With any luck, an acknowledgement of the economic and security implications of this poaching crisis may help formulate a more nuanced response that will save Africa's great wildlife before it is too late.

Giving Birth in Sierra Leone: Not Just Women's Stuff

Robin Lustig | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Sierra Leone should be one of the most prosperous countries in West Africa, with its diamonds, iron ore and bauxite reserves. Yet, the vast majority of its people live in grinding poverty, and the country has the fourth highest maternal mortality rate in the world. On health, though, it is making progress.

Liberian War Criminal To Serve 50-Year Sentence In UK

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia who was convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on war crimes, is to be transferred to ...

I Witnessed How War Continues to Affect Generations of Children

Sarah Alexander | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK
Sarah Alexander

Recent conflicts have meant that children of war are quite rightly at the forefront of everyone's minds, and I want to tell you how we can help them. I recently saw with my own eyes just how devastating the long-term effects of war are on generations of children when I travelled with ActionAid to Sierra Leone.

Children With Disabilities Facing Widespread Abuse in West Africa

Davinder Kumar | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

It is imperative that post-Millennium Development Goals, currently being negotiated, do not overlook the plight of the disabled people and children. It is time for concrete action to ensure that particularly children with disabilities have access to education, protection from violence and abuse; and opportunity to have their voices heard. This is not just a development agenda it is also a human rights issue.

Networking Their Way to Success

Cherie Blair | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Cherie Blair

Sitting on the rooftop of Gladys's juice bar in Freetown, I was having an informal chat with some of the women my foundation supports. This wasn't my first trip to Sierra Leone. I was there for International Women's Day in March and had spoken then to some of the women. But this time I got to have a long, in depth conversation with them about the difficulties they have faced as women entrepreneurs and what benefits they get from participating in the country's first network for women entrepreneurs, which is what the Foundation has helped to set up here.

Sink or Swim - Freetown's Notorious Rainy Season

Charlie Habershon | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK
Charlie Habershon

Freetown's dramatic topography is stunning, but it also adds to the problem. The city is set back into mountains leaving limited space for the cities bulging population. This has led to the growth of makeshift housing in slum areas by the water's edge.

The Real Remittance Crisis: Skills, Human Expertise and Intellectual Capital Are Critical for Africa's Long-Term Growth

Ade Daramy | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK
Ade Daramy

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is currently working to equip the population of Sierra Leone with key skills that can be used to help mobilise small-scale economic transformation.

General Sir David Richards' leadership will be missed on both sides of the Atlantic

Luke Coffey | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Coffey

Many in the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces found his level of ambition to be intimidating. For others, his leadership style was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale department. Nevertheless it was this ambition, and his leadership abilities, that brought him to the very top of his profession.

Sierra Leone - Finding Hope in Hunger

Ranvir Singh | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK
Ranvir Singh

As the plane touched down in Freetown, my thoughts turned to my baby son, at home. I'd come to a country where one in five children dies before the age of five. I'd read that fact over and over again and - as I stepped onto the dusty tarmac in Sierra Leone - a mixture of guilt and relief mingled inside, knowing my own flesh and blood was healthy and safe.

Cash and Rocket Tour Day One: Firing up the Engine

Sarah Dean | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Dean

Money and power can afford you many luxuries, and one of those luxuries is being able to take four days out of your schedule to raise awareness and fundraise. And when these women (the Cash and Rocket tour), led by the super-organised Julie Brangstrup, fundraise they do it in a big way.