Sierra Leone: From Swords into Ploughshares

Sierra Leone: From Swords into Ploughshares

“No Bio, no Salone!” shouted fervent supporters of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) as results were announced from the November 2012 presidential election. The party’s leader, Julius Maada Bio, had been defeated by incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma of the...
Sierra Leone Up for Grabs

Sierra Leone Up for Grabs

Last October, 100 farmers gathered to protest against the Sierra Leone branch of the multinational corporate agribusiness giant, Socfin. The farmers were furious over the company’s lack of transparency, its refusal to consult with local communities, its miserly...
The Strange Case of Charles Taylor

The Strange Case of Charles Taylor

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who was found guilty of 11 charges by a court in the Netherlands, is a man of many firsts. He’s the first head of state to have escaped from a medium-security prison in the United States. He was the first sitting head of...
Brown Bag Discussion: Dancing with Child Soldiers

Brown Bag Discussion: Dancing with Child Soldiers

David Alan Harris is a choreographer, writer, and leading dance/movement therapist who specializes in fostering recovery among survivors of egregious human rights abuse. His article on his work in Sierra Leone can be read here. This event is co-sponsored by Foreign...
Brown Bag Discussion: Dancing with Child Soldiers

Brown Bag Discussion: Dancing with Child Soldiers

David Alan Harris is a choreographer, writer, and leading dance/movement therapist who specializes in fostering recovery among survivors of egregious human rights abuse. His article on his work in Sierra Leone can be read here. This event is co-sponsored by Foreign...
Postcard from…Freetown

Postcard from…Freetown

An herbal doctor’s banner in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where many people still lack healthcare, illustrates many of the chronic diseases affecting the lives of ordinary people. Lack of access to medical care makes traditional medicine an inexpensive option for...