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Redeemer! Redeemer!! Redeemer!!! Who’ll redeem ‘The Redeemer’?

At the age of 29 Valentine Strasser was the world’s youngest Head of State

At the age of 29 Valentine Strasser was the world’s youngest Head of State

By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk)

He was out in one of the narrow un-tarred Western area streets, playing football with some kids. He had on white sleeveless T-shirt, black joggers that stopped several inches below his knees, and blue-black Reebok trainers.

The hair on his head was unkempt; those on his chin show bright streaks of white. He looked less muscular and less built.

With flailing motion, he tried the trademark Ronaldinho dummy to beat his little opponent, but the boy stole the size-four punctured ball casually from him, pushed forward and skillfully stroke it through the narrow passage between two stones that served as ‘Guinea goal’ posts. Continue reading Redeemer! Redeemer!! Redeemer!!! Who’ll redeem ‘The Redeemer’?

MUSU PELE: A woman of Substance

MUSU PELE: what men can do, women can still do

MUSU PELE: what men can do, women can still do

By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk)

In a field of males running after a size five football, she is the only female, but hardly will you notice.

With a height 5ft 4 and robust legs, she has agility in her runs; she passes well, she tackles hard, and she dribbles with exceptional skills.

Everyday (Mondays to Fridays), as early as 6:15 a.m., Musu Bangura is up and running. Her training schedule begins at about 6:20 a.m. with the mini league team Baskey FC at the National Stadium’s practicing field. They are up so early for training because by 7:30 a.m. it’s the turn of another team, FC Kallon, to utilize the pitch. Continue reading MUSU PELE: A woman of Substance

Five Star Hotel

Violent guests are restricted with chains

Violent guests are restricted with chains

By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk)

He’s chained on the feet and his upper body is trapped in the naked frame of a metal chair. He has bruises on his face, looks dizzy and is clumsily dressed.

The first image that comes to my mind is a convicted hardened criminal on death row, but Chernoh* is only a guest at the City of Rest – an unassuming two-storey counseling and rehabilitation center, which looks more like a dwelling house, located at No. 34 Fort Street, Freetown. Continue reading Five Star Hotel

The Cost of Dying

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By Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (De Monk)

Madam Isata Mansaray paced the corridor of the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) in the east end of Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown, crying and flapping her hands on her head.

The woman has just got news that her 15 year-old pregnant daughter, Agnes, has suffered a ruptured uterus and must be operated on in order for the baby to be delivered safely.

According to Senior Midwifery Sister, Iye V. Conteh, the Class VI pupil of the Tower Hill primary school has been in labour for three days since she was referred to the PCMH by the St. Anthony Hospital at Syke Street, Freetown, where she had been admitted. Apparently Agnes’ mother didn’t have the money to pay for an operation. Continue reading The Cost of Dying

2013 Human Rights Report Out… Government Urged

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The Human Rights Commission in Sierra Leone (HRCSL) has yesterday, the 23rd of October, 2014 launched the 2013 Report on the State of Human Rights in Sierra Leone at the Commissions offices at the National electoral Commission building on Tower Hill, Freetown.

This is the seventh report produced by the Commission since its inception. In this year’s report, the Commission, as usual, and among other things, stated the challenges faced and at also made several recommendations to the Government of Sierra Leone that need urgent response as they border on the human rights of the people of this country. Continue reading 2013 Human Rights Report Out… Government Urged

Are The Untouchable Abacha Street Traders Above The Law?

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The name Abacha Street Traders ring a bell to many Sierra Leoneans within and without the country, some attributing the name to a barrier that impedes the development of the Freetown Municipality.  To others, it is the hub of the block votes for the ruling All Peoples Party (APC). Whatever meaning the name signifies is not much of a problem like their very presence in the Central Business District (CBD) which is now an eyesore to the decency and beauty of the Country’s Capital City. Indeed Abacha Street Traders’ presence in the Central Business District of Freetown is a contact and transmission center for the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has claimed the lives of more than 700 Sierra Leoneans across the Country. Continue reading Are The Untouchable Abacha Street Traders Above The Law?

As he celebrates Natal Day tomorrow, Kamarainba to Dine With The Poor

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By Aruna Turay

One of the dozens of Sierra Leoneans aspiring to become President of the country in the forthcoming presidential election slated for 2017/18, Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray (MKM) will tomorrow Saturday, 25th October, 2014 celebrate one of his most important and milestone birthdays with the poor and deprived people in Freetown.

In an exclusive with this press, Kamarainba revealed that as parts of activities marking the natal day, he intends to visit poor, deprived and slum communities within the capital city and dine with them. He said he has hundreds of young and elderly people in most of these communities that have consented to welcome and play host to him during his visit and that he has supported them with basic logistics to provide food and water for the underprivileged within the communities. Continue reading As he celebrates Natal Day tomorrow, Kamarainba to Dine With The Poor

For Possessing Sorcery Material ….. Accused sent to prison

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With  Mahmoud Kamara

Magistrate Komba Kamanda of the Freetown Magistrate Court No.2 yesterday sent accused Alusine Ishmael Kamara to the maximum security prison at Pademba Road for possession of sorcery material.

The accused was arraigned before Magistrate Komba Kamanda to answer to three counts charge contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone. Continue reading For Possessing Sorcery Material ….. Accused sent to prison

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