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UPDATE 1-Sierra Leone mining revenue sinks as pandemic hits production and prices

14 May 2020

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Sierra Leone mining revenue sinks as pandemic hits production and prices

14 May 2020

FREETOWN Sierra Leone is weathering a dramatic crunch in mining revenue as COVID-19 restrictions hurt companies’ ability to export gold and diamonds and access essential supplies.  

Coronavirus comes to rescue of Sierra Leone's plundered rosewood

31 Mar 2020

FINTONIA, Sierra Leone The unpaved road leading to Sierra Leone's Outamba-Kilimi national park was busy last month with men loading rosewood logs into trucks for export to China, an illegal trade that has devastated some West African forests.

African churches swap holy water for hand sanitizer, crowds for videos

22 Mar 2020

NAIROBI/FREETOWN/LAGOS Hand sanitizer replaced holy water at Nairobi's Holy Family Basilica Catholic Church, and attendance was far lower than usual, but Sunday Mass went ahead.

African churches swap holy water for hand sanitizer, crowds for videos

22 Mar 2020

NAIROBI/FREETOWN/LAGOS Hand sanitizer replaced holy water at Nairobi's Holy Family Basilica Catholic Church, and attendance was far lower than usual, but Sunday Mass went ahead.

Africa talks tough against coronavirus but many wonder why

19 Mar 2020

FREETOWN Shoppers threaded their way between stalls hawking everything from watches to pigs' feet in Sierra Leone's capital on Wednesday, two days after the government banned large gatherings to combat the coronavirus but exempted markets such as this. | Video

Africa talks tough against coronavirus but many wonder why

19 Mar 2020

FREETOWN Shoppers threaded their way between stalls hawking everything from watches to pigs' feet in Sierra Leone's capital on Wednesday, two days after the government banned large gatherings to combat the coronavirus but exempted markets such as this.

UPDATE 1-Africa talks tough against coronavirus but many wonder why

19 Mar 2020

FREETOWN, March 19 Shoppers threaded their way between stalls hawking everything from watches to pigs' feet in Sierra Leone's capital on Wednesday, two days after the government banned large gatherings to combat the coronavirus but exempted markets such as this.

Sierra Leone iron ore crisis creates debt-racked ghost town

05 Mar 2020

LUNSAR, Sierra Leone In the months since Sierra Leone's largest iron ore mine laid off almost all its workers due to a legal dispute with the government, the once bustling town of Lunsar has become a shadow of its former self. | Video

Sierra Leone gangster leaves streets for life of poetry

19 Feb 2020

FREETOWN In his poem "Rough Path", Yousef Kamara reflects on his years selling drugs and stealing as the leader of a street gang in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. | Video

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