Western Africa



Sierra Leone will look to the African Development Bank (AfDB) to stimulate agribusiness development in the country with a focus on rice production, its President Maada Bio told a visiting delegation led by AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina. Read more

Sierra Leone

Psychodrama was used as a tool to shed light on the mental health challenges faced by returnees

Photo: IOM

One survivor watched eight members of his family die. Another said he counted 20 bodies washed onto the nearby shore. He also says he saw two fishing boats nearby, close enough to have rescued others. They did not. Read more


Forty-seven nurses and midwives have returned home to Sierra Leone to take up jobs in hospitals and health centres across the country after successfully completing a two-year diploma in Ghana. The return of these up-skilled medical staff will boost Read more

Sierra Leone

Fatou (Toufah) Jallow

Picture: Human Rights Watch

He then pulled her dress off, she said, and said “Let’s see if you’re a virgin.” She said he rubbed his genitals in her face and touched them to arouse himself. She screamed that she was dying. “He said, ‘This does not kill, it’s fun.’” Jallow said Read more


During his 22-year dictatorial rule that ended in early 2017, Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh, used his power as well as State institutions to entrap and sexually abuse young women. Jammeh’s reign was already characterised by enforced Read more

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