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November 15, 2014 3 Comments

The Ebola sufferers refused treatment in Sierra Leone

You want the good news or the bad?

Ok – you’ve taken a lot of the bad this week so let’s do the positive: the Sierra Leonian positive.

So I am inside the Sierra Leonean funded Hastings Hospital near Freetown this morning.

I bump into the country’s deputy health minister, the redoubtable Madina Rahman, 33 years a teaching nurse in a New Jersey teaching hospital and not about to take any of the proverbial from anyone at all.

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November 14, 2014 8 Comments

The man who died alone in the jungle to save others from Ebola

Amid the sombre disposal of Freetown’s dead, a pharmacist who treated Ebola sufferers follows in their footsteps.

November 13, 2014 3 Comments

Building a hospital in the jungle – in just six weeks?

Many query why the response has been so slow to Ebola from Europe and you can certainly argue not enough was done in the early months. But the work is getting underway – and it’s making

November 12, 2014 3 Comments

Ebola: mum, dad, uncles, aunts, they really are gone forever

Like unaccompanied minors – not in an airport but in life – they stand there as the Unicef Jeep rolls into the village, silently holding out their nameplates.

November 11, 2014 4 Comments

The value of a human life in Sierra Leone? $5,000

The Sierra Leone government says it will pay $5,000 compensation for every health worker to die from Ebola.

November 10, 2014 4 Comments

Devil Hole Junction, where people go when they get Ebola

Osman Gbondo lies dead under a tree. His wife Aminata lies 200 metres away, blood oozing from her mouth. We are in Devil Hole Junction, an hour’s drive from Freetown.

November 9, 2014 No Comments

Ebola: ‘The next four weeks are critical here in Freetown’

Alex Thomson reports from Freetown, Sierra Leone, where there is no ebola hospital. The coming weeks are “critical”, the Red Cross says.

November 5, 2014 2 Comments

Libyan army training fiasco – UK government complacency to blame?

Why did the UK government ever think that the vetting of participants in a scheme to train Libyan soldiers in the UK could be left to the Libyans, when that country was in a state of collapse?

November 4, 2014 4 Comments

Serena Shim’s death: why conclusions without evidence are stupid

The need for proper investigation of Serena’s death is obvious and pressing and should happen at once. Conclusions without evidence are wrong, stupid and distasteful.

November 3, 2014 4 Comments

RIP Mrs Maguire – but there are still questions to be answered

The verdict is passed. Will Cornick is now named. But whatever Leeds tries to pretend, that is not the end of it, nor should it be.

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