Sierra Leone

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Patients queue prior to being vaccinated in Uganda, one of the countries which received aid from Ireland in 2020. File photograph: Luke Dray/Getty

Ireland contributed over €150million to help mitigate the effects of the pandemic in developing countries, as part of a global response to Covid-19 in(...)

Fatima, Olivia and Mariatu were easily convinced to travel to the Middle East in the hope of earning money. Photograph: Sally Hayden

When Mariatu ran out of money to keep studying, she made a decision that would change her life. Like many other young women from Sierra Leone, she had(...)

The site  of the mass burial on Monday  in Sierra Leone of victims of Saturday’s oil tanker explosion. Photograph: Sierra Leone/NDMA

Four days after a fuel tanker explosion killed more than 100 people, posters with photographs of the dead and missing marked the site of the tragedy (...)

Bodies of victims of Saturday’s oil tanker explosion are lined up ahead of a mass burial in Waterloo, Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Monday. Photograph: Sally Hayden

As a mass burial of Freetown’s fuel tanker explosion victims was organised for Monday afternoon, there was a rush to claim the dead. A crowd gathered(...)

The explosion took place on Friday night after a speeding truck collided with a fuel tanker making a turn. Photograph: Sally Hayden

In hospitals in Freetown, Sierra Leone, medics worried they are fast running out of medical supplies, as crowds of anxious family members waited at th(...)

People gather around the charred oil tanker that exploded after being struck by a truck in the Wellington suburb of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown. Photograph: National Disaster Management Agency

An oil tanker exploded near Sierra Leone’s capital, killing at least 98 people and severely injuring dozens of others after large crowds gathered to c(...)

Archbishop John McDowell described the service at Armagh’s Church of Ireland St Patrick’s Cathedral  as ‘an honest attempt to respect differences’

Church of Ireland Primate Archbishop John McDowell has described the controversial service at Armagh’s Church of Ireland St Patrick’s Cathedral on Oct(...)

Aminata Conteh moved to Ireland last September on an Irish Aid scholarship to study development at UCD. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Aminata Seilloh Conteh was in her third year of university when her father died in a car crash. The young student from Sierra Leone immediately fell i(...)

Angelina Jolie: ‘I just want my family to heal. And I want everyone to move forward.’ Photograph: Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times

Angelina Jolie sits at a desk, back straight as a rule and rather regal. Her features are cartoonishly beautiful – straight black hair, vertiginous ch(...)

Connaught Hospital in central Freetown. It is one of the first places Covid-19 patients go to get help. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

In Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries on earth, a patient’s chance of surviving Covid-19 can come down to money. One-third of Covid-19 admiss(...)

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