2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul
The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th IPRA conference in Turkey, at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th IPRA conference in Istanbul to serve a second term of two years.
Mining company Sierra Rutile and its largest investor Pala have made a second donation of one billion Leones to the Government of Sierra Leone to assist with the Ebola outbreak. This brings the total amount donated by Sierra Rutile to the Ebola Response both nationally and locally, in cash and in kind, to well over two billion Leones (over $400,000).
Mr John Bonoh Sisay, CEO of Sierra Rutile, said that Sierra Rutile was making this additional contribution of one billion Leones to support government work in eradicating the outbreak, and to provide additional help for the increasing number of children orphaned by the virus in Sierra Leone.
Dr. David Tam-Baryoh, a journalist who hosts the programme “Monologue” on Citizen Radio in Sierra Leone was released today, Friday, November 14, 2014 at about 3:30 pm, after 10 days in detention even though the executive detention order stated that Tam-Baryoh was arrested for incitement, many believe the authorities wanted to prevent him from further criticizing how the government is handling the Ebola crises.
The journalist was released on a 50 million Leones bail (approximately US$10,000); and has gone home without any charges, but must be reporting at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) every Monday morning.
TRIBUTE TO THE CHIEF MEDICAL SURGEON OF THE UNITED METHODIST HOSPITAL: DR MARTIN SALIA OF SIERRA LEONE
Once again, the somber valleys and hills of Sierra Leone are echoing the hallowed cry of grief and sadness for the passing of a national hero, Dr. Martin Salia, who tragically lost the battle against the deadly Ebola Virus at the Nebraska Medical center in the United States of America on November 17, 2014. Despite every effort to save his precious life and in the midst of the world’s best equipped medical isolation unit with experienced Surgeons in the world, he could not survive the journey of hope he so eagerly wish to see for his beloved Sierra Leone.
Dr. Martin Salia’s death marked a new turning point against the fight of the Ebola virus – that early intervention is so critical to the chances of survival. His message to every Sierra Leonean is one of doing the most good for the absolute welfare of our nation: Dr. Salia also summoned us to heed to our sacred callings and to know that we are the vessels of the Almighty God. “I firmly believe that God wanted me to do it.” He said. “I knew deep within myself, there was just something inside of me, that the people of this part of Freetown needed help.” Such moral inspirations reaffirmed the brave heart and the indelible spirit of compassion that Dr. Salia represented in every human imagination.
Seven doctors have now been confirmed dead by Ebola. We fear that’s not the end of the story.
Starting with Dr. Omar Khan, the first doctor to die of Ebola in Sierra Leone, on to the latest ones yesterday Dr Martin Salia and Dr. Moses M. Kargbo, many of us still wonder why others could survive (as we have been told all this while) but our doctors couldn’t survive.
Who really should be blamed for the death of these doctors – people whom we so badly need? Is it because of lack of proper treatment or what?
Or is it that we should blame no one for their deaths except the doctors themselves? We are told that early reporting helps a great deal – but this early reporting business is absent on the side of these dead doctors: they prefer observing and treating themselves until it is too late.
In a bid to continue strengthening its partnership with civil society organisations, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday 20th November 2014 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the child advocacy organisation, Every Child Matters Sierra Leone (ECM-SL). Welcoming members of the organisation at the ACC’s Gloucester Street Head Office in Freetown, the Director Public Education and Outreach, Koloneh Sankoh said corruption tramples upon the rights of everyone, especially the vulnerable. She said it is good that the organisation is partnering with the ACC to address issues of corruption, especially those affecting the wellbeing of children.
The Executive Director of ECM-SL, Abdul Karim Koroma said his organisation was formed in 2004 to promote the rights of children, youths and women and foster the values of transparency and accountability in the country. He said the organisation has been moved by the work of the ACC, which has been very effective in combating corruption in order to enhance the wellbeing of the citizenry. Mr. Koroma said they would assist the ACC with its public education drive by educating young people to change their mindsets and imbibe a life and culture of integrity.
The Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella Movement in Sierra Leone has on behalf of Dr Kandeh Yumkella presented food items worth millions of Leones to students at Njala University. The event took place over the weekend at the auditorium hall in Mokondi campus at Njala, Bo District, Southern Sierra Leone.
In his presentation, National Coordinator of the students’ wing at Fourah Bay College, Moses E. N. Sesay, said the donation is part of Dr Yumkella’s support towards the student in the ongoing Ebola fight in the country especially those students residing in the campus from Kenema and Kailahun respectively.
He said N’jala is at the bottom of Dr. Yumkella’s heart, who always remembers the university because it made him what he is today.
ON JULY 31ST THIS YEAR, HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT DR. ERNEST BAI KOROMA MADE A BROADCAST TO THE NATION ON THE WAKE OF THE EBOLA OUTBREAK AND PROCLAIMED A PUBLIC STATE OF EMERGENCY PURSUANT TO SECTION 29, SUBSECTION 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SIERRA LEONE 1991 (ACT NO. 6 OF 1991) THAT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY RATIFIED BY PARLIAMENT AND GAZETTED ON AUGUST 18, 2014.
THE PROCLAMATION OF THE PUBLIC STATE OF EMERGENCY RESULTING FROM THE NEED TO CONTAIN AND ERADICATE THE EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MORE ROBUST MEASURES AND REGULATIONS.