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December 15, 2014 3 Comments

It is not ‘enhanced interrogation’. It is torture

Sometimes it takes a rebel with a cause. Sometimes it needs the genuine outsider to step up and shatter the cosy established orders. Sometimes it takes a special kind of someone to tell it like it is.

And also sometimes it takes Malcolm Rifkind.

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December 10, 2014 3 Comments

On the tail of the ‘weather bomb’ battering Scotland

On the point just outside Oban a freelance cameraman joins us as we watch the bright red, Norwegian-flagged fishing vessel nose out gently from Oban harbour.

December 2, 2014 2 Comments

Afghans fear history will be repeated as western involvement ends

Across swathes of Afghanistan, many Afghans already know the game is over – and what law and order they may enjoy is at the dispensation of the armed insurgent warlords.

November 15, 2014 3 Comments

The Ebola sufferers refused treatment in Sierra Leone

Hope and desperation live side by side in Sierra Leone, as success in treating the Ebola virus confronts a still growing trail of infections.

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.

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