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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
    According to World Bank estimates in December, Sierra Leone is the country that has suffered the greatest economic losses from the impact of Ebola. Economic growth, estimated at a 11.3% annual rate in the first half of 2014, contracted at a 2.8% annual rate in the second half of the year, and was projected to drop another 2% in 2015. Such massive losses not only illustrate the profound impact of Ebola; they also raise questions about the nature of the growth that left the country so vulnerable to the epidemic.

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

July 26, 2016  Africa/Global: Not Yet "End of AIDS"
June 30, 2016  Africa/Global: Air Pollution Threats & Solutions
June 22, 2016  Africa/Global: "Stop the Bleeding" Updates
June 13, 2016  Africa/Global: Don't Be a Fossil Fool
May 26, 2016  Africa/Global: Migrants' Rights Roundup
April 11, 2016  Africa/Global: Panama Papers Tip of Iceberg

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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News (allafrica) Sep 26, 2016
Confucius Institute Celebrates 45th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties
ACC Boss Insists On Fighting Corruption
Tony Elumelu Crowned Africa's Investor of the Year
We've Received 'Free Consultancy' From Rwanda, Says Sierra Leone Minister
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  Maps (Reliefweb) | Flags (FOTW)
  On-Line Travel Guide (Lonely Planet)
  Government sites (Sierra Leone)
  Internet guide (Stanford)
  Internet guide (Pennsylvania)