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August 29, 2017  Sierra Leone: Hard Lessons from Disaster
    "The calamity that struck Sierra Leone on Aug. 14, when Sugarloaf, the conical mountain overlooking the capital, Freetown, collapsed in a mudslide that swept away buildings and killed at least 400 people, was shocking but not entirely surprisingly. It is important to be blunt: The tragedy was entirely man-made." - Lansana Gberie

July 6, 2016  Cuba/Sierra Leone: Reclaiming Slave-Trade History
    As recognition grows that the legacy of slavery and the slave trade is still embedded in the structural inequalities of today's world, scholars are finding new ways to make the lost connections visible. One dramatic and inspiring illustration, featured in this issue of AfricaFocus Bulletin, is the film "They Are We," showing the rediscovery and re-connection in person with their African relatives of an Afro-Cuban community which still celebrates their heritage with dances and songs in a language almost forgotten by current generations even in its villages of origin in Sierra Leone. The film, first released in Cuba in 2013, features the story of this rediscovery, in the voices and faces of the communities who collaborated in the making of the film.

May 11, 2015  West Africa: Ebola Down But Not Out
    "The [Ebola] epidemic is at its lowest but not over yet. The recent weeks have seen an important decrease in new confirmed Ebola cases across West Africa. Liberia is now close to being declared Ebolafree on 9 May, while Sierra Leone and Guinea are finally getting close to zero. However, the outbreak is not over until it's over at the regional level." - Doctors without Borders, May 6 update

January 6, 2015  Sierra Leone: Losing Out
May   3, 2012  Sierra Leone: Resisting Land Deals
Dec 12, 2004  Liberia-Sierra Leone: Consolidating Peace?
Oct 31, 2004  Sierra Leone: Truth and Reconciliation Report

Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues

August 8, 2017  Africa: Bridge to Education, or to Nowhere?
July 31, 2017  Africa: Visa Openness on the Agenda?
July 10, 2017  Africa/Global: Following the Money
June 19, 2017  Africa/Europe: Mediterranean Trajectories
May 17, 2017  Africa/Global: Whose Energy?
May   8, 2017  Africa: World Bank Financing Land Grabs

AfricaFocus Bulletin Archive
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Africa Policy E-Journal (1995-2003)

2002-01-28 Sierra Leone: Report on War-Related Sexual Violence
2001-02-24 Sierra Leone: Sexual Violence Report
2001-01-11 Sierra Leone: UN Report
2000-05-18 Sierra Leone: Statements/Updates, 2
2000-05-18 Sierra Leone: Statements/Updates, 1
2000-01-16 Sierra Leone: Diamonds and War
1999-06-27 Sierra Leone: Human Rights Documents
1999-01-19 Sierra Leone: Humanitarian Crisis
1998-12-23 Sierra Leone: Recent Reports
1997-07-13 Sierra Leone: Conference Report
1997-05-26 Sierra Leone: Documents on Coup

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