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Sierra Leone: A Trip to Banana Island

In November 2018 some friends and I had the chance to see unspoiled nature and experience vestiges of colonial history, the slave trade, and local culture on a two-day trip to Banana Island. The local residents were very cordial and enjoyed talking about the island with us. By James H. […]

Sierra Leone: High Rates of Hepatitis B Infection

      Recent studies have revealed alarming rates of Hepatitis B infection among adults in Sierra Leone, with upwards of 18 to 20 percent testing positive. The following paper describes a recent study carried out at a mining camp in Moyamba District. The paper includes background on Hepatitis B, […]

Photos: Freetown, Sierra Leone

With all the problems in Sierra Leone it’s good to step back and take a look at the city of Freetown and its environs which are full of history and character. Freetown is situated at the top of a peninsula with water on three sides and a range of mountains […]

Photos of the old Cape Sierra Hotel

The original Cape Sierra Hotel was built in the late 60s and opened around 1970. Located at the north end of Lumley Beach, the hotel was very popular with visitors and with local people who had enough money to go there. With a bar, a basement nightclub, and a pool […]

Sierra Leone Maps

Sierra Leone Maps: Sierra Leone: Inside the War includes nine maps that show areas of fighting and movements of fighters. Most of the towns and villages mentioned in the text are included on the maps. Click on the map to enlarge and save (right click, “save image as”). Map 1: […]

Area of Combat

This map shows the three countries involved in the conflict and their capitals – Sierra Leone (Freetown), Liberia (Monrovia) and Guinea (Conakry). The arrows show the route of the first attacks into Sierra Leone from Liberia in 1991. The arrows to the north are the first attacks on Kailahun District, […]

Ebola in Kailahun District

  This photo was taken in Kailahun District near the town of Buedu where the RUF rebels had their headquarters. Kailahun District is located in the far east of the country bordering both Liberia and Guinea and was the site of the first RUF rebel attacks from Liberia in 1991. […]