CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2000
Once again, Sierra Leone is on the brink of being overrun by the brutal forces of guerrilla leader Foday Sankoh. Hundreds of U.N. troops sent into the country to enforce a bad peace agreement are being "detained" by Sankoh's forces. The United States and Britain are loath to be sucked into yet another quagmire in Africa, and the badly equipped, poorly trained U.N. forces are not likely to do the job.
May 13, 2000 |
Sierra Leone, which won its independence from Britain in 1961, has experienced a long decline marked by coups, contested elections and poverty. In 1985, army commander Maj. Gen. Joseph Momoh came to power, and the country slid into a social hell of interminable fuel lines, food shortages and corruption that diverted profits from 90% of its diamond production. The civil war, from which the current shaky peace deal stems, began in the early 1990s.
May 12, 2010 |
When it comes to converting collective trauma into musical inspiration, few corners of the planet can touch New Orleans. For decades, the Crescent City's litany of natural and man-made catastrophes has prompted lyrics of melancholy resilience to flow from composers' pens, and sent defiantly uptempo trumpet solos and guitar riffs echoing through the French Quarter. So when Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars decided to end their U.S. tour in New Orleans several months ago, the idea surfaced of having the band stick around town long enough to record its second album.
August 30, 2012 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - When Ishmael Beah looked at the dazed faces of child soldiers in the Central African Republic, dark memories rose inside him. He'd been in a similar situation as a boy soldier in the West African country of Sierra Leone in the 1990s during a war in which combatants routinely chopped off people's limbs. Now he had traveled the corrugated back roads of the Central African Republic to the remote town of Ndele, where he was present last week for negotiations with militia leaders on the release of child combatants.
June 2, 2003 |
Liberia handed over the body of warlord Sam Bockarie to neighboring Sierra Leone, which has indicted him for atrocities. Bockarie, a former disco dancer and hairdresser who became one of the region's most feared rebel commanders, was killed in a shootout with Liberian government forces May 6. Since then, Sierra Leone's U.N.-backed special court for war crimes had demanded that the corpse be handed over for independent identification. The court is probing crimes such as amputations and mass
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2011 |
As a Culver City art gallery owner and marketing and advertising executive, Lisa Schultz wondered whether there was anything she could do about the plight of disabled men, women and children in Sierra Leone. Many had lost limbs during unspeakable atrocities during that African country's devastating civil war, and others suffered injuries or were born with birth defects. But all felt the stigma of being immobile in a country where the disabled are often kept behind closed doors. "Crutches," she remembers thinking.