Sierra Leone

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 25.03.2014 | 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 27.02.2014 | 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.

International Aid: The Case for Innovation

Ashish Prashar | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ashish Prashar

Like Justine Greening, I can't understand the arguments made by some against spending 0.7% of GNI to relieve suffering overseas. They should remember that 7p in every £10 is a small slice of our national income when compared with the spectre of people dying unnecessarily, living without access to education or even clean water.

Was Millions Of British Aid Money Spent On Fast Cars And Mansions?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK

Millions of pounds of British aid money may have been spent on mansions and motors by officials in Sierra Leone, according to the country's anti-corru...

Delivery and Democracy in Sierra Leone

Dr Malte Gerhold | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Malte Gerhold

In the week that Kenyans went to the polls I was reminded of a morning three months ago walking through the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The pace of the country's capital was not at its usual frantic level. Queues were steadily forming around voting booths, observers busy checking materials, and polling station staff working from morning to late into the night. It was the 17 November 2012, election day in Sierra Leone.

In Defence of Aid

Ashish Prashar | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics
Ashish Prashar

Ipsos MORI recently released a poll which showed that three quarters (76%) of those surveyed in Britain say they know 'not very much' or 'nothing at all' about the development aid given by the UK to poorer countries.

Superfood for Babies: Breastfeeding Is Key to Saving Newborn Lives in the Developing World

Natasha Kaplinsky | Posted 19.04.2013 | Home
Natasha Kaplinsky

In the UK our healthcare system means we are fortunate to have a choice as to whether or not we breastfeed at all. In Sierra Leone, where one in six children dies before their fifth birthday, this choice can be a matter of life or death.

Time for Politics to Take a Back Seat

Charlie Habershon | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK
Charlie Habershon

January was a quiet month in Sierra Leone. The excitement of elections moved seamlessly into Christmas and New Year celebrations and left the country with a communal hangover. The result was an uncharacteristically quiet start to the year.

From Theory to Reality: South-South Cooperation in Africa

Dr Malte Gerhold | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Malte Gerhold

Earlier this year David Cameron held a high-level meeting in Downing Street with world leaders from Brazil and Liberia amongst others to begin the tas...

Sierra Leone's Vote of Confidence

Charlie Habershon | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK
Charlie Habershon

When I looked around and observed peaceful processions, people quickly reminded me that one small spark could set everything off.

Four Born Every Second: Raising the Bar for Fighting Maternal and Child Death

Corinna Heineke | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Politics
Corinna Heineke

What became clear in Four Born Every Second was that countries need to find their own solutions to maternal and child health and that aid will not be enough to sustainably eradicate poverty and ill health.

Party Politics: Election Fever Sweeps Sierra Leone and There Are Some Serious Matters to Debate

Charlie Habershon | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Charlie Habershon

Sierra Leone is at a critical point in its development. Despite some progress, Sierra Leone's recovery remains fragile and the country ranks 180 of 187 on the UNDP development index with 77% of Sierra Leone's living in poverty and 62.79% living on less than $1.25 a day.