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(...)

A family of vendors pose for a photo before sleeping next to their items to be sold at Nakasero Market in Kampala, Uganda. Photograph: Badru Katumba/AFP via Getty

Covid-19 infection rates are rapidly increasing in Africa, with many countries reporting a previously unseen spread of the disease. “The speed and sc(...)

Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio receives the Covid-19 vaccine  at the State House in Freetown on Monday. Photograph: Sally Hayden

More than half of African countries have now received Covid-19 vaccines, through a mixture of direct donations from countries such as China, Russia, I(...)

Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio addresses the audience during an event in which he declared national emergency on rape and sexual violence on Thursday. Photograph: Coopers Inveen/Reuters

The brutal rape of a young girl by her uncle in Sierra Leone became the rallying point for a campaign that on Thursday pushed president Julius Maada B(...)

Opposition candidate and former military junta leader Julius Maada Bio takes his oath as Sierra Leone’s new president in Freetown. Photograph: Olivia Acland/Reuters

The candidate who lost Sierra Leone’s presidential run-off vote has said his party intends to challenge the results in court. The country’s National (...)