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WFP Distributes Food in Waterloo

2014-10-22 08:59:58

Amid concerns over the increasing rate of Ebola infection in Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and partners has started distributing food for 265,000 people on the outskirts of the capital.
The distribution in the suburb of Waterloo will be the biggest one-off food distribution in the country since the start of the Ebola outbreak.
WFP mobilized 700 aid workers to distribute in just one day over 800 metric tons of food rice, pulses, vegetable oil and salt meeting (...)

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NOSLINA elects Dr. John Davies-Cole Chairman of the Board

19 October

Sent by Kwame Fitzjohn, Washington DC, USA.
The National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA) wishes to announce it has elected Disease expert Dr. John Davies-Cole (pictured) to succeed Mr. Minkailu Jalloh, an IBM engineer of 25 years standing, as the Chairman of the Board for the 2014-16 term.
At the completion of the Election this month, Mr. Mohamed Barrie, Sierra Leone Honorary Consul of New England States and NOSLINA Board Member aptly remarked, "Sierra Leone and (...)

Power Women 232 Launches "All Hands on Deck"

1 October

Credit: Brand Sierra Leone.
Power Women 232 is a newly formed network for women professionals in Sierra Leone. The network aims to bring professional women and entrepreneurs together to promote career advancement and development in all fields, through networking, leadership development, social events and community service.
Power Women 232 launched a citizens response to Ebola in Sierra Leone: All Hands on Deck in August 2014. The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic currently gripping our (...)

Ebola Hits Moyamba Junction

22 September

By Alfred Sam Foray, USA.
The tiny town of Moyamba Junction (part of which is shown in photo) about 100 miles from Freetown and 60 miles from Bo, where I spent a few months doing business during my recent visit to Sierra Leone is on the verge of total annihilation from the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. We are told by a resident of the town that about two weeks ago a resident physician, one Dr. Blango, who runs a private hospital in the town, recently treated an Ebola patient. Shortly (...)

President Koroma’s Speech on Lock Down

20 September

Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
Our country is the midst of a big trial. But by the grace of God, we shall overcome this Ebola outbreak. Many of our people have fallen victims to this disease. It was not a disease that started in Sierra Leone; it came to us from our brothers and sisters in our neighboring countries. But no body, no region, no district wish this disease on themselves. Many people were doing very ordinary things when they contracted the disease. They were attending funerals, (...)

Port Loko: Press Conference on Ebola

17 September

By Hassan Bruz in Port Loko.
"I know you know it is the constitutional responsibility of the Sierra Leone Police to protect lives and properties- a responsibility the management has always ensured it is done with remarkable professionalism. But it has also become a fact for you to know that manning the increasing numbers of Ebola-quarantined homes and at the same time coping with general criminality are crucial challenges that require the cooperation of all well meaning persons."
Those (...)

A Historic Year in Sierra Leone: St. Edwards Secondary School (1972/73)

17 September

Note: A version of this article first appeared in the pioneering SALONEDiscussion forum on September 9, 2014.
By Mohamed (Moh’m) Jalloh (USA), Amadu Massally (SL), and Sebleh Smith (USA.
This year our famous annual St. Edwards Secondary School alumni weekend celebration that historically has brought together Edwardians, their families and friends from states across the U.S.A., as well as the U.K., Africa, Asia and other places, will be held in adjacent locations in New Jersey and (...)

Port Loko: Ibrahim Bundu concludes sensitisation meetings

15 September

By Hassan Bruz in Port Loko, Sierra Leone.
Honourable Ibrahim Rashid Bundu (centre in photo) is the Member of Parliament for Constituency 052 and doubles as the Port Loko district Chairman of the All Peoples Congress [APC] Party. He is now better known as the Leader of Government Business in Parliament. This is perhaps why he pays far more frequent visits to the district than any other Member of Parliament in this part of the country. He had just returned to resume his Parliamentary duties (...)

Port Loko: Alleged Ebola Byelaw Violators Arraigned

10 September

By Hassan Bruz in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. This can be referred to as one of the first test cases in ensuring the implementation of the Ebola bye laws in the country. It is also a demonstration of the resolve of the people of Port Loko to fight against the spread of the Ebola virus. That is in fact the more reason why the District Task force meeting on Monday this week was shifted to the evening hours as the Senior District Officer, Mohamed Sheik Kargbo, who doubles as Chairman of the (...)

Ebola’s Condemned Prisoners

10 September

Commentary
By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has provided rich research opportunities for scholars. There are many interesting areas to explore ranging from investigating determinants to exposure/contracting the virus to perspectives of survivors of Ebola.
The author is currently exploring the views of Ebola suspects and survivors with regards to the level of care provided in the isolation and treatment centres. The study is underway but (...)

Coping with Ebola: A Hotel Manager’s Perspective

1 September

Credit: Brand Sierra Leone.
Less that five months ago, Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel had its soft opening launch in Aberdeen, Freetown. In the weeks that followed, Sierra Leone’s first 5 star hotel quickly became the place to be for conferences, parties and events of every kind.
Now, amidst an unprecedented health crisis in parts of the West African region, the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak is really beginning to take effect. Many companies have temporarily closed down, and (...)

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EDITORIAL

Sex in the Time of Ebola

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Ebola-stricken nation of Sierra Leone is employing whatever means possible, from individual to state level, in response to (...)

OPINION

Television and Learning

By Arthur Ramo, Madrid, Spain. Television is a technological medium of great importance in the lives of people, because it provides information and entertainment, among other things. However, (...)