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Local officials and guests, including Freetown mayor, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr (6th from left) pictured at the official opening of the Water-Share Ireland backed treatment plant in Sierra Leonean capital. Photograph: Courtesy of Goal.

Sierra Leone’s first wastewater treatment plant has been built in its capital city Freetown with the help of a team from the Irish water services sect(...)

 Schoolchildren from Ankileisoke Primary School eat lunch offered by a World Food Programme scheme, in the Amboasary-South district of southern Madagascar. Photograph: Rijasolo/AFP via Getty Images

Madagascar is on the brink of a famine due to climate change, according to aid workers in the country. As many as 1.1 million people in the Indian Oc(...)

Dominic Ongwen:  sentenced  to 25 years in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity.  Photograph: Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

The International Criminal Court has sentenced former child soldier-turned rebel commander Dominic Ongwen to 25 years in prison for war crimes and cr(...)

 Refugees fleeing Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict are transferred by bus from the border reception centre to Um Raquba refugee camp after they crossed the border in Hamdayit, eastern Sudan. Photograph:  Yasuyoshi Chiba

As the war in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, hits the six-month mark, aid workers are warning that mass rapes are being used as a weapon to terrify civili(...)

An okada motorbike driver carries a passenger in eastern Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Sierra Leone celebrates 60 years of independence on Tuesday, but the capital city’s army of motorbike drivers say the milestone has been marred for th(...)

Debris from a dinghy, which was supposedly carrying more than 100 migrants, floating in the Mediterranean Sea northeast of the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday. Photograph: AP

As many as 130 people are thought to have drowned off the coast of Libya this week, after hours when European and Libyan authorities ignored calls for(...)

A facilitator from the charity Goal leads a training for community mobilisers who will help their areas create action plans focused on what to do if Ebola spreads across the border to Sierra Leone. Photograph: Sally Hayden

In a secondary school classroom in Mafaray town, about 10km from Sierra Leone’s border with Guinea, 12 men and women in matching white T-shirts sit b(...)

Abdulai Gbla (62) managed to rebuild a shelter with scrap metal and nails. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Nearly a week after a devastating fire in a slum in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, many of the more than 7,000 people rendered homeless are still s(...)

 Tourists board a boat on the coast of the Banana Islands. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

The small, wooden boat is named “We all live by God”. Get on board at the southern part of Sierra Leone’s Freetown peninsula, and it will take just 30(...)

A fire broke out in the night of March 24th at Susan’s Bay slum in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photograph: Sally Hayden

The day after a devastating fire in a Freetown slum, which displaced as many as 5,000 people, residents were reduced to selling the ashen remains of t(...)

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