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Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

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DISASTER SITE.A general view of the site of a mud slide in the Sierra Leone capital Freetown on August 15, 2017. Saidu Bah/AFP

With 600 people still missing in Freetown, President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as ‘overwhelming’

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Aug. 17, 2017) — Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday, August 16, as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and torrential flooding, in one of the country’s worst natural disasters. Continue reading Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

I’ve seen how perilous life in Sierra Leone can be. We cannot ignore this disaster

people wait in a line to identify their relatives’ bodies at after the mudslides
‘Whole families have been destroyed in this disaster.’ People wait in a line to identify their relatives’ bodies at after the mudslides. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

As the weather gets more extreme, the poorest suffer the most. As well as helping the mudslide’s survivors, we must face up to the effects of climate change

August 17, 2017 — “We have lost everything,” my friend cried as we talked on the phone. I had last seen her the week before, after returning home after a year working as a doctor in Sierra Leone. She Continue reading I’ve seen how perilous life in Sierra Leone can be. We cannot ignore this disaster

WHO says Sierra Leone Ebola flare-up over

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FLARE-UP OVER. A picture taken on November 7, 2014 shows people walking past a billboard with a message about Ebola in Freetown. File photo by Francisco Leong/AFP
The World Health Organization is careful to warn that a recurrence of cases of the deadly tropical disease remained possible in the 3 worst affected countries

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Mar. 18, 2016) — The latest flare-up of Ebola in Sierra Leone has ended, leaving no confirmed cases of the virus in West Africa, the United Nations said Thursday, March 17, hailing it as a “milestone.”

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109 quarantined in Sierra Leone after new Ebola death

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FIGHTING THE DISEASE. Ebola has claimed the lives of more than 11,000 people since 2013. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP
Of the 109 who had been in contact with the victim, 28 are considered ‘high risk’

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 17, 2016) — Sierra Leone’s government on Saturday, January 16, urged the public not to panic as it announced that more than 100 people had been quarantined following a new death from Ebola just as the country seemed to have overcome the epidemic.

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WHO confirms new Ebola case in Sierra Leone a day after all clear

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NEW EBOLA CASE. The World Health Organization confirms a new death from Ebola virus, a day after it announced the world’s biggest Ebola outbreak was over. File photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
‘We can confirm the Ebola case in Sierra Leone,’ the World Health Organization says after a 22-year-old female student near the Guinean border died 3 days ago

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 15, 2016) — The World Health Organization on Friday, January 15, confirmed a new death from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a day after West Africa celebrated halting the spread of the virus.

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Suspected Ebola death in Sierra Leone hours after WHO gives all-clear

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In this file photo, a woman walks past an Ebola awareness poster in Freetown, Sierra Leone, September 18, 2014. File photo by Tanya Bindra/EPA
A senior health ministry official says complete findings will be made known to the public on Friday, January 15

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 15, 2016) — A woman in Sierra Leone is thought to have died from Ebola, officials said Thursday, January 14 just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to an epidemic of the disease.

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West Africa counts economic cost as Ebola outbreak ends

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ECONOMIC COST. A mother and her child walk past a mural about the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, August 1, 2015. The Ebola outbreak, set to be officially declared over on January 14, 2016, also led to economic losses in affected countries. Photo by Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA
The mining, agriculture, and tourism industries are trying to recover from the effects of the epidemic

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (Jan. 13, 2016) — Gold miner Dauda Kamanda has never been rich, but before Ebola hit Sierra Leone he was getting by selling the nuggets he unearthed to traders who exported them across Africa and the Middle East.

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