Sierra Leone

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Philip Taylor, son of former African warlord Charles Taylor:  considers himself to be clan chief, charged with clearing the family name. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

Philip Taylor is losing patience with the chickens. They peck at his feet, flapping their wings and clucking furiously. “I’m gonna freakin’ . . .” he (...)

George Weah at home on Rehab Road, Paynesville suburb, Monrovia. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

There’s a kerfuffle in the court of King George. Ex-soccer star George Weah, who is leading the race to become Liberia’s next president, has just issu(...)

Liberian election: George Weah and Jewel Haward-Taylor wave to supporters. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

It’s a big day in Todee, a village deep in the bush of Montserrado County, in Liberia. Locals have packed into its hall to hear the renowned footballe(...)

Takun J (middle) with Adama Dennis (right) at the Redemption Beach compound in Monrovia. Photograph: Lorraine Mallinder

On Redemption Beach, a small crowd has gathered, agitating for a glimpse of a man they call the “King of Hipco”. Takun J, pioneer of a musical genre(...)

Onlookers  outside the Connaught Morgue in Freetown on Tuesday, after mudslides that killed hundreds of people. Photograph: Saidu Bah/AFP/Getty Images

The bodies floated down the streets and piled up at the morgue, where the coroners struggled to find room for all of the dead. An already devastatin(...)

Residents of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown view damage to property on Tuesday due to a mudslide in the suburb of Regent. Photograph: Ernest Henry/EPA

Rescue workers have recovered nearly 400 bodies from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, the chief coroner said on Tuesday(...)

Flooded streets in Regent near Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Monday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A mudslide killed more than 200 people on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes and leaving residents desper(...)

Steven Caulker tackles Fernando Torres during Cardiff City’s 2013/14 top flight campaign. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Steven Caulker has a tale to tell and, as hard as it is to hear, it is best simply to listen. His stream of consciousness veers from scoring on his En(...)

Victoria Wassondela (8), from Carrickmines, at the Africa Day family event in Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph:  Kenneth O’Halloran

The gloomy shadows cast by grey Dublin skies were offset by a dazzling array of brightly coloured suits and frocks at the annual Africa Day celebratio(...)

A Cambodian soldier guards timber close to Khmer Rouge lines in Koh Kong province in southwest Cambodia. Photograph: Global Witness

It’s not a very comfortable or comforting experience, talking with Patrick Alley about the state of our world. Global Witness, the organisation he co-(...)

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