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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(...)

Security officers waiting  for the arrival of re-elected Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni on his way back from his country home in Kampala on January 21st, 2021. Photograph:   Getty Images

Outcry is continuing across Uganda over the disappearances of hundreds of civilians, many of whom were opposition supporters. Local media has been a(...)

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(...)

Supporters of opposition candidate Ousmane Sonko call for his release in Dakar on Tuesday. Photograph: John Wessels/AFP

At least eight people have died, hundreds been injured, and about 100 arrested as protests continue in Senegal, following a rape charge against the co(...)

Fr Martin Kelly, provincial of the Spiritans: ‘These men’s lives carry their own value for those who care to look.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Covid-19 has had its deadliest impact on older people, particularly those living in nursing homes. It is not a surprise then that members of the clerg(...)

Rev Dr Sahr John Yambasu became an Irish citizen in 1989.

The first African-born leader of one of Ireland’s main churches has been elected president-designate of the Methodist Church. Rev Dr Sahr John Yamba(...)

Researchers also documented people with mental health problems, including children, being subjected to alternative ‘treatments’, including eating or drinking mixes of herbs. Photograph: Florent Vergnes/AFP

The World Health Organisation has warned of a mental health crisis across Africa, as services are disrupted or stopped, even as demand rises due to th(...)

Irish Ambassador to Sierra Leone and Liberia Lesley Ní Bhriain Photograph: Phil Behan / DFAT

When Irish Ambassador to Sierra Leone and Liberia Lesley Ní Bhriain was posted to West Africa in September 2019 she planned to see her husband and two(...)

Irish Army Rangers on patrol in Chad in 2008. File photograph: Conor Lally.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is to hire a private security company to help protect its diplomatic staff serving in unstable regions and to evacua(...)

Some 371 Irish people were arrested abroad in 2018, up from 316 arrests in the whole of the previous year. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of Irish people arrested abroad last year rose by almost a fifth from 2017, according to final end-of-year figures released by the Departme(...)

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