Farmland - the New "Blood Diamonds" in Sierra Leone?
UPDATED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 07:17 PM
For their secret meeting, they've chosen a very small village surrounded by forest in Kpaka Chiefdom in southern Sierra Leone. About one hundred men - chiefs, elders and youth leaders from all over the chiefdom - have gathered in the shade of a very large tree. Conspicuously absent is their Paramount Chief, the supreme traditional authority in the chiefdom, without whose approval they should not even be here. But this is no ordinary meeting; its purpose is to contest the Paramount Chief's authority to sign away their land. Also absent are women, but in neighboring villages they express support for the men meeting here and for their cause.
While the men of Kpaka Chiefdom meet to decide how to challenge their Paramount Chief's authority to sign away their land, children in the remote village entertain themselves, excluded from the extraordinary meeting. They have no idea that the land on which their parents depend for their livelihoods has been signed over to a foreign investor for industrial oil palm plantations. (Photo: Joan Baxter)
The Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Energy (MoE) has embarked on 8,880 solar street lights pilot project to be implemented in all four regions of the country – the South, East, North and the Western region respectively.
The development-oriented president, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, it could be recalled, has been telling Sierra Leoneans that by the end of his second tenure of office in 2017, all district headquarters and urban towns would benefit from solar street lights to improve safety and security. It is again at the background of the president’s avowed promise to the people that the pilot project has begun.
Sierra Leone’s third largest mobile operator in terms of subscriptions Airtel may see the suspension of its operating licence, after the country’s watchdog the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) gave the telco 21 days notice – effective 13 May 2013 – to improve its services. According to the NATCOM’s statement, the ultimatum was issued due to ‘the continued deterioration of the voice and data services of the network
Having been installed as Sierra Leone interim coach in April, McKinstry's objective is to qualify for the tournament and secure himself a permanent job in the process.
McKinstry is, however, under no illusions about the size of the task.
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Sierra Leone sit second in their World Cup qualifying group, five points adrift of leaders Tunisia with only three games remaining.
"Like any supporter in Sierra Leone I want to be in Brazil next summer, but that is not easy. It is a challenge, it's not entirely in our own hands," McKinstry told BBC Sport
Sierra Leone has one of the world's fastest growing economies, according to an International Monetary Fund report. But the post-civil war boom has not yet brought benefits for everyone.
Residents of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, wake up every day to the thudding sounds of construction work. Ten years ago, noise like this signified another bloody day in the country's civil war. But today it is the sound of a country rebuilding its damaged infrastructures.
Throughout the city, old roads are being ripped up and neighborhoods are riddled with construction sites.
Africa’s Great Lakes region today has the chance to achieve something that has eluded its war-weary people for several decades. It can silence the guns, boost trust and trade between neighbours, educate millions of out-of-school children, empower women, and create economic opportunities that will help the countries forge a path to prosperity, good governance, and lasting stability.
Do you have a company and wish to be listed on the Sierra Leone Stock Exchange. Well look no further, help is close at hand. For people thinking about the Exchange the first thing you have to ask yourself is why do people list their companies on the Stock Exchange. First and formost is to raise capital from the public. Below are guide lines that we hope will help you through the process.
Mohammed Jawara was just a child of about 12 when he fled his home country of Liberia. Charles Taylor was leading a rebel war, and after the infamous soldiers killed Jawara's aunt and uncle, the young boy fled with his family to a refugee camp in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
But Jawara was not safe there either. Liberian rebel soldiers, many of whom were children strung out on drugs, attacked the refugee camp, slaughtering and raping people including pregnant women. Some child soldiers recognized their family members in the refugee camp, and they were ordered to kill them. Those who disobeyed were executed on the spot.
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