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2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul


The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in  Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of  the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th  IPRA conference in Turkey,  at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th  IPRA  conference in Istanbul  to serve a second term of two years.


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As World Bank Approves $28 Million Grant To Tackle Ebola, Amr. Stevens Talks Ebola at Freddie Mac

The World Bank has reinforced the President Ernest Bai Koroma led government to continue tackling the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by approving (SDR 18,500,000) Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Special Drawing Right) about Twenty Eight Million United States Dollars ($28 Million) as a grant to contribute in the short term to the control of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) out break and the availability of selected essential health services and mitigate the socio-economic impact of EVD in Sierra Leone.

The grant was occasioned by a recommendation of the committee under section 1(d) of Articles of Agreement on the proposed Financing (Ebola Emergency Response Project) to the Republic of Sierra Leone.


Media News


Mr Edmondson Sonny Cole, commonly known as Sonny Cole, is a veteran photojournalist from Sierra Leone currently residing in Sydney, Australia, where he helps to present the Sierra Leone Community Radio on SkidRow 88.9FM. He is also one of the most outstanding and patriotic Sierra Leoneans in Australia, particularly in terms of hospitality and patriotism. Moreover, Sonny Cole is not only the Vice-Chairman of the Association of Sierra Leone Journalists in Exile (ASALJIE) but is the current Chairman of the Sierra Leone Community Council (SLCC), the umbrella organisation that covers the various Sierra Leonean organisations in Sydney.




Can the use of basic technology such as television programs, radios and possibly internet access be a useful tool in educating particularly Sierra Leonean children during this Ebola crisis?

What is the relative role of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in keeping our children engaged as they witness the deadly and destructive pathway of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone? The doors of education should not be temporarily closed since technology today allows us to do so many things without being physically present at a geographic location.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology should have a panoramic vision for accessing diverse technological capabilities as the Ebola pandemic continues to disrupt our state of normalcy. We should keep our school going population active in a virtual classroom powered by the use of technology. Many educationists and forward thinking Sierra Leoneans are raising eyebrows about the “sit in” and “do-nothing” educational approach to the Ebola outbreak. We must defeat Ebola by not surrendering to its mischief and unimaginable terror.


View Point

Ebola Virus in MRU and P.R.China Humanitarian Interventions

Sierra Leone and her two neighboring sister Republics of Liberia and Guinea, all in the Mano River Union (MRU), are facing serious challenges in their Health Sector, following the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak. The Republic of Sierra Leone in particular, witnesses deaths of hundreds of its citizens not withstanding His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma's Government doing so well to face this terrible Ebola pandemic.

As recent as a week ago, I outlined the tremendous efforts undertaken by the Government of Sierra Leone to address the current Ebola Virus Disease and its challenges. I referred to the establishment of a Presidential Task Force and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Disbursement of billions of Leones towards the eradication of this Pandemic, Declaration of a State of Public Emergency by H.E. the President; Declaration of a Day of National Reflection; calls for Sensitization and Public Education; Decision to Quarantine Epicenters, etc, etc, to mention a few of the very numerous robust interventions of the Government of Sierra Leone. 


News - Press Release

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---September 21, 2014
  • Total Survived and Released Patients  =  374
  • New Confirmed cases  = 56, as follows:

  Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 1, Kono = 2

  Bombali = 26, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko =1, Tonkolili = 0

  Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 8, Pujehun = 0

  Western Area Urban = 5, Western Area Rural = 13

  • Cumulative confirmed cases = 1,696, as follows:

      Kailahun = 529, Kenema = 414, Kono =18

           Bombali =148, Kambia =4, Koinadugu =0, Port Loko =177, Tonkolili = 44

           Bo = 77, Bonthe = 1, Moyamba = 41, Pujehun = 10

          Western Urban = 156, Western Rural = 77

  • Total cumulative confirmed death is 501, as follows:

Kailahun = 210, Kenema = 229, Kono = 2

Bombali = 6, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 16, Tonkolili = 2

Bo = 16, Bonthe = 1, Moyamba = 6, Pujehun = 1

Western Area Urban =7, Western Area Rural = 3

  • Probable cases = 37
  • Probable deaths = 37
  • Suspected cases = 143
  • Suspected deaths = 11

Society -Local News

EBOLA CRISIS: 5INGO appeal to UN Security Council?

Ebola crisis could set progress in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone back a decade

As UNSC convenes for emergency meeting in New York, international community must do more to prevent health catastrophe

Thursday 18th September, 2014: As the UN Security Council meets today for only the second time in history to address a world health emergency, the Ebola crisis continues to devastate communities in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Without concerted and immediate international action to tackle this crisis, the outbreak could see these countries’ hard-fought for progress set back years, bringing the healthcare system to its knees and, for Liberia and Sierra Leone, back to levels not seen since the end of their respective civil wars.

Current reports estimate that over 2,450 people have already lost their lives in West Africa and thousands more are fighting the highly-contagious virus. Recent forecasts put the number of potential infections at 20,000 if nothing is done soon. With no known cure, less than half of those infected are expected to survive.



Martina Johnson, Former Liberian NPFL Rebel Commander, Arrested And Indicted In Belgium For Alleged War Crimes And Crimes Against Humanity

First arrest ever for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1st Liberian civil war (1989-1996)

Martina Johnson, a former front line Commander of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) of Charles Taylor was arrested and indicted yesterday by a Belgian Judge for her direct implication in alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity including mutilation and mass killing committed in Liberia during the civil war in 1992.

This landmark case marks the very first time an alleged Liberian perpetrator has been criminally charged for crimes under international law committed in Liberia during the first civil war. The investigation and arrest was possible under Belgian law as Martina Johnson lives in Belgium.

Civitas Maxima has been working since 2012 with the Global Justice and Research Project (GJRP) based in Monrovia to document crimes committed during the war and find avenues for criminal accountability. On the basis of that documentation, Luc Walleyn, lawyer in Belgium, wrote and filed a criminal complaint against Martina Johnson on behalf of 3 Liberian victims in 2012.



Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh in Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to present his Letters of Credence to Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, with accreditation to 11(Eleven ) other countries in the Southeast Asia Pacific, Victor Bockarie Foh is in  Hanoi, the capital city of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to present his Letters of Credence to President Truong Tan Sang.

The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is amongst 11(Eleven) other countries to which the Sierra Leone Ambassador resident in Beijing is accredited to. The other countries of his accreditation include Australia, New Zealand, Royal Thailand, Democratic Republic of Korea, Republic of Japan, Republic of Indonesia, Singapore, Republic of India, Republic of Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

During his official visit in the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, His Excellency Ambassador Foh is expected to hold discussions with Viet Nam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Agriculture, and of particular relevance, the Ebola Virus  Disease in Sierra Leone and the West African Sub-Region and to raise awareness of Agricultural and Food Security of Sierra Leone. 

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