FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — At least five people are dead after flash flooding hit Sierra Leone's capital on Friday amid torrential rains, mortuary sources said. More rain was expected as some...
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — At first no one knew why the 5-year-old girl could no longer move her legs or control her urine. For months she lay on the ground, unable to walk or play.
Sierra Leone military truck flips, kills at least 10
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's defense ministry says at least 10 people are dead and several others are wounded after a military truck had brake failure, flipped and caused an accident in the capital, Freetown.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's former ruling party intends to challenge the results of the presidential runoff vote in court, the losing candidate announced after the opposition party won for the first time in a decade.
The National Electoral Commission announced late Wednesday that Julius Maada Bio with the Sierra Leone Peoples Party party had won. Bio, who had lost the presidential election in 2012, was swiftly sworn into office just before midnight.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's election commission declared main opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio as the West African nation's new president Wednesday, giving the opposition party its first presidency in 10 years.
Chief Justice Abdulai Charm swore in the new leader along with Vice President Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh just hours after the announcement. Bio pledged to govern for all Sierra Leoneans at the ceremony.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Voting appeared to be peaceful on Saturday in Sierra Leone's runoff presidential election, which had been delayed by a few days after a court challenge of the first round.
Turnout in the West African nation was lower than in the first round on March 7. Security was tight and many streets were quiet for the holiday weekend.
Sierra Leone court postpones runoff vote until Saturday
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's Supreme Court on Monday approved the election commission's request to delay Tuesday's runoff presidential vote until the weekend after the lifting of an interim injunction that had stalled preparations.
Sierra Leone hopes election can move nation past its misfortunes
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A deadly mudslide. A horrible Ebola virus that killed thousands. And a nation still in recovery from a civil war that killed more than 50,000 people.
As Sierra Leoneans go to the polls on Wednesday, they hope to elect a leader who can help them overcome these tragedies. More than a dozen candidates are vying for votes in Wednesday’s election in what officials hope will be a peaceful democratic transition more than five decades since Sierra Leone gained independence.
Sierra Leone police quash clashes after voting ends
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Riot police put down skirmishes Wednesday in Sierra Leone's capital as political tensions mounted after authorities visited the office of the leading opposition candidate.
At least one person was treated for stab wounds following the melee that erupted after an SLPP opposition spokesman said police had come to search the party's offices without a warrant.
African soccer executive Johansen faces corruption charges
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Confederation of African Football executive committee member Isha Johansen was charged with 10 counts of corruption and abuse of office in her home country of Sierra Leone on Monday.
Johansen, the president of the Sierra Leone Football Association, pleaded not guilty to the charges, which relate to her work at the association.
Sierra Leone’s 709 carat diamond lands in Antwerp for sale
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Media in Sierra Leone report that a 709-carat diamond found in the country's eastern Kono District has been taken by a sales team from the National Minerals Agency to Antwerp, Belgium.
The diamond's discovery in March caused a sensation and is the second-largest ever found in this West African nation. The gem, a bit smaller than a hockey puck, is among the 20 largest diamonds ever found.
Sierra Leone president addresses abandoned Hajj pilgrims
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's anti-corruption commission has declared that three senior government officials and two special assistants have been fired for allegedly selling government funds intended to assist poor people to make the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Local leaders say 1,000 dead from Sierra Leone mudslides
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — More than 1,000 people have died from the mudslide and flood that hit Sierra Leone's capital nearly two weeks ago, a local leader and a minister said Sunday during services honoring the disaster's victims.
The government had earlier put the death toll for the Aug. 14 mudslide at 450 dead, while rescuers and aid groups warned that many of the more than 600 people missing would likely not survive.
Orphaned kids build new lives after Sierra Leone’s mudslides
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Seven-year-old Ali Mansaray must build a new life for himself after surviving the mudslides and flooding that killed nearly 500 people, including his parents, in Sierra Leone last week.
Now he is being looked after by his grandmother, who was spared because she was sleeping at a friend's home the night of the Aug. 14 disaster.
Sierra Leone mudslide survivors remember day the mountain moved
“It happened as if it was a dream,” says Gabriel Fattah Manga, recalling the day his world came tumbling down around him, and his life changed forever.
Early morning Aug. 14 Manga, 25, was preparing to head to work as a carpenter in the Regent area of Freetown, Sierra Leone, when he realized something was badly wrong
Hospital officals: Nearly 500 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Churches across Sierra Leone held special services Sunday in memory of those killed in mudslides and flooding earlier this week, as hospital officials announced the toll had risen to nearly 500 bodies collected.
More than 600 people remain missing and rescue officials have warned that the chances of finding survivors are decreasing each day. The death toll earlier stood at 450.
Hundreds missing in Sierra Leone mudslides likely dead
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Survivors picking through the debris of Sierra Leone's deadly mudslides were facing the reality Saturday that most, if not all, of the hundreds of people missing are dead, as relief and aid efforts intensified.
The death toll is already above 450 from the flooding and mudslides in the capital, Freetown, early Monday.
The number of missing could go higher than 600, according to Sierra Leone's deputy minister of information and communications, Cornelius Deveaux.
Sierra Leone death toll now up to 450 after mudslides
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Rescue officials in Sierra Leone warned Friday that the chances of finding survivors in the debris of this week's mudslides "are getting smaller every day," as bereaved and homeless survivors faced the magnitude of all they have lost.
The Latest: Death toll up to 450 in Sierra Leone mudslides
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The Latest on deadly mudslides in Sierra Leone (all times local):
Authorities in Sierra Leone now say up to 450 bodies have been recovered following this week's torrential mudslides.
Aid officials have estimated that at least 600 others are still missing four days after heavy storm caused the disaster.
Dr. Simeon Owiss Koroma, the government's chief consultant forensic pathologist, said Friday afternoon that up to 450 bodies now have been recovered.
Threat looms of more mudslides in Sierra Leone amid burials
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The president joined with families in paying final respects Thursday to victims of this week's mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone's capital, while the government warned residents to evacuate a mountainside where a large crack opened.
Sierra Leone is in a "race against time" to avoid a new landslide, an official has said, only days after a devastating mudslide on the outskirts of the capital claimed more than 330 lives.
Authorities have already been evacuating people around the site of Monday's landslide at Mount Sugar Loaf, about 5 miles outside the capital, Freetown, after examining drone images.
Raw: Drone Video Shows Sierra Leone Mudslide
Families wait in rain to ID lost loved ones in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Hawa Stevens spoke through tears of the 28 family members she lost after surging mudslides and floodwaters swept through Sierra Leone's capital, killing hundreds and leaving hundreds more missing.
"Mother, father, sisters, brothers, cousins all gone. My life has been shattered. ... Please help me God," she sobbed as she waited in a long line in the pouring rain Wednesday outside Freetown's overwhelmed mortuary to try to identify the corpses of her loved ones.
More than 300 dead, 600 missing in Sierra Leone mudslides
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Fatmata Kamara had just stepped outside her house before dawn Monday when she saw the muddy hillside collapsing above her. The only thing she could do was run.
She was one of the survivors, those who managed to escape the surging mudslides and floodwaters in and around Sierra Leone's capital that killed more than 300 people, many of them trapped as they slept. Another 600 people are missing, the Red Cross said Tuesday, and the death toll is expected to rise.
At least 300 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides and flooding
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Mudslides and torrential flooding killed more than 300 people in and around Sierra Leone's capital early Monday following heavy rains, with many victims trapped in homes buried under tons of mud.
Survivors and volunteers dug through the mud and debris at times with their bare hands in a desperate search for missing relatives, and military personnel were deployed to help with the rescue operation in the West African nation.
Sierra Leone floods, mudslides kill at least 21 people
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Authorities in Sierra Leone say at least 21 people are dead amid heavy flooding.
Storms swept through the capital of Freetown early Monday, flooding downtown streets and creating mudslides in hilly areas.
Sierra Leone's national television broadcaster interrupted regular programming to show scenes of people digging through mud to retrieve the dead bodies of loved ones.
Review: Blood Orange’s ‘Freetown Sound’ is personal, topical
Blood Orange, "Freetown Sound" (Domino)
"Freetown Sound," the latest from Devonté Hynes A.K.A. Blood Orange, is a fascinating 17-track album approximating an AM radio sound collage of yore, pop hits blending with breaking news bulletins and history capsules.
Hynes, who was in dance-punk band Test Icicles in hometown London before relocating to New York and releasing material as Lightspeed Champion, says his third album as Blood Orange "plays like a long mixtape."