Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio has declared rape and sexual violence a “national emergency,” following a series of cases involving minors in the country. Bio said those found guilty of raping minors could face life imprisonment and directed all public hospitals to provide free medical services for victims of[…]
Sierra Leone’s presidential runoff vote has been postponed to Saturday, March 31 by the Supreme Court, the elections body announced late Monday (March 26) in an official statement. The original date was tomorrow March 27 but a High Court injunction affected the electoral body’s preparation leading to the four-day extension.[…]
Sierra Leone’s presidential election results were too close to call after three quarters of the votes had been counted on Sunday, with the two frontrunners neck-and-neck, making a second round highly likely. The main opposition leader Julius Maada Bio, candidate of the Sierra Leone People’s Party, took a slight lead[…]
Sierra Leoneans will go to the polls in 2018 to elect a new president. Incumbent Ernest Bai Koroma is not eligible to stand after serving two consecutive terms. Koroma came to power in 2007 under the aegis of the All People’s Congress (APC), he won a second term in November[…]
The president of Sierra Leone says his country needs “urgent support now” for thousands of people affected by flash flooding and mudslides in and around the capital Freetown. Ernest Bai Koroma fought back tears on Tuesday as he said at a news conference in the hilltop community of Regent that[…]
A government programme for separate schools for pregnant students introduced two years ago in Sierra Leone is facing critical scrutiny. Pregnant students were not allowed to sit in the same class in the West African country as their peers because they are seen as a bad influence. In April 2015, schools[…]
A pastor in Sierra Leone has unearthed a 706-carat diamond, according to the government, in one of the largest precious stone finds ever made worldwide. The discovery was made by Pastor Emmanuel Momoh in an artisanal mine in the village of Koyadu in eastern Kono district, a government statement said[…]
Almost half of all Ebola infections in West Africa have been recorded in two districts located in the border region between Sierra Leone and Guinea, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.The UN agency is now focusing its efforts on containing the deadly virus in the two worst affected[…]
Sierra Leone began a three-day, countrywide lockdown on Friday, after the West African nation reported 55 new Ebola cases last week. Sierra Leone’s six million people will have to stay at home until Sunday, while health workers go from door to door to collect information on new Ebola infections and[…]
Sierra Leone has ordered the indefinite quarantine “with immediate effect” of three districts and 12 tribal chiefdoms – a move that will affect more than one million people. President Ernest Bai Koroma, in a national televised address on Wednesday, announced that the northern districts of Port Loko and Bombali were[…]
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