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August 31, 2018

Inside Sierra Leone’s chimpanzee sanctuary

David Momoh is the outreach co-ordinator for Tacugama Sanctuary in Sierra Leone – a home for rescued chimpanzees.

Most of them are orphaned or separated from their family by wildlife traffickers, poachers or bushmeat traders across the country.

At Tacugama, the chimps are re-socialized and introduced to new families – a delicate process owing to a mix of their complex cognitive abilities and traumatic past.

“The chimpanzees we have here are coming from different parts of the country. It’s not like they are from the same family group. Mind you, chimpanzees live in a group of 30 and above and all chimpanzees coming from the east the west, the north and the south, [...]

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August 21, 2018

Sierra Leone president donates 3 months salary to free education programme

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio on Monday moved to implement a key campaign pledge when he launched his programme of free education for 1.5 million primary and secondary school children starting from September.

“I promised free education during the election and I’m here to implement it,” Bio said during an official launch ceremony.

While no financial details were provided about the overall cost of the scheme, Bio said he would donate three of his monthly salaries to it.

I encourage parents and guardians to provide uniform, shoes and continue their traditional role of home supervision and coaching.

Bio took office [...]

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August 15, 2018

Sierra Leone remembers victims of the deadly 2017 mudslide and floods

The Sierra Leonean president Julius Maada Bio participated Tuesday in a ceremony in Freetown on the occasion of the 1st anniversary of the floods which had made more than a thousand deaths in 2017 and promised to build a memorial on the site of the disaster.

Some 500 people, mostly in black and white, gathered in a church in Regent, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Freetown, where heavy rains had caused the partial collapse of a mountain on the night of 14 August 2017.

“We are here to witness the pain and trauma of the landslide tragedy,” said President Bio, who took office in April.

I still live in the area of the disaster [...]

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July 25, 2018

You have been warned: Sierra Leone police tells media

Sierra Leone police has warned journalists and media organisations against broadcast of ‘misleading, disrespectful and inciting’ statements, which it says have the potential to cause insecurity, instability and fear in the minds of the people.

In a statement issued over the weekend, the police force specifically called out FM 98.1 and AYV television for broadcasts that it says were made against President Julius Maada Bio’s executive orders, the governance transition team report and the controversial of the fuel subsidy that caused the first demonstration in Bio’s presidency.

‘‘In as much as people have the right to discuss issues, yet this should be done within the [...]

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