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Book Launch of Painful Journey: A Story of Escape and Survival

2014-10-20 20:10:38

The launching ceremony of Painful Journey: A Story of Escape and Survival, by Liberian-Canadian BC resident Jerry Gbardy will take place on Saturday November 1, 2014 at the UNIFOR Building, 326 12th Street, in New Westminster, British Columbia from 5pm to 9pm.
Painful Journey is about the traumatic experiences of Jerry, his family, relatives and other Liberians as they escaped from the brutal carnage of the Liberian civil war and crossed over to neighbouring Sierra Leone where horrible (...)

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Traditional Leafy Vegetables: Africa’s Hope for Tackling Malnutrition

24 May

By Praise Nutakor, Accra, Ghana.
Food, often regarded as one of the basic needs of mankind seems to be a scarce commodity in many households in Africa. The state of malnutrition, especially in some poor rural communities, usually affects the health of children resulting in illnesses such as stunted growth, goitre, blindness and kwashiorkor.
This, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is directly or indirectly responsible for about 3.5 million child deaths every year in Africa, (...)

The Need for Digital Literacy in Sierra Leone

20 May

By Mariama Kandeh, London, UK.
I started using computers in 2001. I had just finished my senior secondary school education. My mother was keen to see me get computer training. She was impressed by my father’s friend, a Sierra Leonean who had spent decades in Germany and who is also an IT guru and had worked for Bosche in Germany but had returned to Sierra Leone to help set up a sustainable IT system for the government. He had said a lot about the importance of ICT and how (...)

Liver Cancer: The Key is to Control Hepatitis B&C Infections

19 May

By Dr. Angela M. Dumbuya, DNP/Oncology Nurse Practitioner John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus, Georgia, USA.
The liver serves many important functions. These include breaking down and storing many nutrients, secretion of bile juices that are stored in the gallbladder and later transported into the intestines, and filtering and breaking down toxic wastes in the blood. All of these functions can be compromised by liver cancer. The most common type of liver cancer is (...)

Experts Call for Release of Abducted Girls

19 May

A group of United Nations and African human rights experts recently called on the Boko Haram armed group to immediately release the girls abducted in Borno State, Nigeria. The experts also urged the Nigerian Government to take all necessary measures to ensure their safe return and to hold the perpetrators accountable.
On 14 April, many girls – more than 200 according to different sources – were abducted at gunpoint from their secondary school during a violent raid by Boko Haram (...)

Tribute to William Juana Smith, a True Loyalist

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 19 May

I was downcast and very sad when I watched on TV the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) news of the death of my friend William Juana Smith who I had always described as a true loyalist not only to Ernest Bai Koroma but to the All Peoples Congress (APC). In my teens, I had known William Juana in the APC and since then I have never known him for any other party. He was one of the “early youths” in the party and a contemporary of Sorsor Conteh, Alfred Akibo-Betts, (...)

Fake Kimberly Process Certificates in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ghana

14 May

According to a press release from the US Department of State, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection is advising the public on several scams involving Kimberley Process Certificates. Legitimate Kimberley Process Certificates are used to control the international trade in rough diamonds.
Recently, in one elaborate scheme, individuals were invited to Sierra Leone to view rough diamonds that were later evaluated as fake stones and (...)

Freetown: Police Manhandle Michel Sho-Sawyer

13 May

By Our Correspondent
Dr. Michel Sho-Sawyerr (photo), one of the youngest and vibrant APC parliamentarians in the country, was recently beaten up by police officers, according to Awoko, a Freetown newspaper.
The newspaper did not precisely say what caused the beating but the matter has sparked the anger of Sho-Sawyer’s parliamentary colleagues who have demanded explanations from the Sierra Leone Police boss, Inspector-General Francis Munu under whose watch the reputation and (...)

Cracks Begin to Appear in APC

12 May

By Our Correspondent
Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray (photo), the North America APC activist and fundraiser that was recently "excommunicated" and denied a party card by the ruling party’s national secretariat in Freetown has set up a political movement called Alliance Democratic Movement (ADM).
We in the Patriotic Vanguard had heard rumours about this movement a long time ago and it is consequently no surprise to us because the young politician is just a symbol of the growing (...)

African Infrastructure: A Review of Issues

6 May

By J Boima Rogers, Oxford, UK.
This paper is a follow up to the one last year in which I made a case for an improvement in the physical, governance, educational and regional infrastructure on the continent. This paper reiterates the importance of the infrastructure and gives a historical perspective, a case study of the two largest economies, concerns and policy implications.
Why is the infrastructure so pivotal?
The underperformance of African economies is directly (...)

A Response to Dr. Kelfala Kallon

5 May

“Two Stolen Presidential Terms Should be Enough:” A Response to Dr. Kelfala Kallon
By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
In fairness to Dr. Kelfala Kallon, I must disclose that in July-August 2007, I volunteered in the presidential campaign of then candidate Ernest Bai Koroma who is now President (...)

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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 (...)


Sierra Leonean Women and the Ebola Pandemc

By Zainab Tunkara Clarkson.* As the dreaded ebola virus disease (EVD) ravages across West Africa with a vengeance, afflicting young and old with merciless impunity, it is unfortunate to note (...)