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Latest stories: Sierra Leone

Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Caritas Office in Sierra Leone Sets Up Emergency Support for Tanker Explosion Victims

Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone is supplying medical equipment and food to victims of the November 5 tank explosion that has reportedly killed 115 people in the country’s capital city.

Pope Francis gives his weekly Angelus message on Nov. 7, 2021 | Vatican Media

Pope Concerned about Violence in Ethiopia, Prays for Victims of Explosion in Sierra Leone

The escalating violence in Ethiopia is cause for concern for Pope Francis who has also expressed his spiritual solidarity with the victims of the explosion in the West African nation of Sierra Leone. 

Fr. Peter Konteh. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Sierra Leone Providing Girls with Life Skills to Address Early Marriages

Caritas Sierra Leone’s School Related Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SR-SGBV) and Life Skills Program, which started to address the high number of teenage pregnancies and school dropout rates among girls, is keeping more girls in school, a Catholic Priest in the country has said.

In Nigeria, a program helped girls develop tailoring and business skills to help achieve self-sufficiency. Credit: Salesian Missions

On International Girl Child Day, Salesians Highlight Programs Empowering Girls in Africa

On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child marked Monday, October 11, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted programs empowering young girls around the globe, including Africa.

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Caritas Sierra Leone Seeking “speedy support to save lives” Following Slum Inferno

The development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in Sierra Leone is calling on the people of God in the West African nation to offer aid to dwellers of Kroo Bay slum on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, whose houses were razed in an inferno last month. 

Deputy leader Aminata Kamara, pictured with her three daughters, has become a role model for the women of Konta Bana in Sierra Leone. Credit: Trócaire

Election of Female at Sierra Leone’s Village Leadership Hailed as Gender Equality Stride

The election of a woman to a village leadership position in Sierra Leon has been hailed as a significant stride in gender equality in the West African country.

Fr. Peter Konteh. Credit: ACN

Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone Faults Harsh COVID-19 Restrictions, Says Ebola Was Worse

The Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has faulted the COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed on places of worship in the West African country, saying that most of the restrictions were unnecessary and denied the people the religious encounter at the time they needed it the most.

Participants in the conversation on the Oxfam Australia report dubbed 'Buried Treasure' in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh/ Caritas Sierra Leone

Caritas Sierra Leone Calls for Transparent Tax System to Block Foreign Evaders

The Catholic Church in Sierra Leone, through her charity arm, is demanding accountability in the way the West African country collects and spends taxes on its vast minerals.

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Sierra Leone among World Countries with “poorest health indicators”: Catholic Charity

A Catholic Charity organization in Sierra Leone has said the West African nation has some of the “poorest health indicators” in the world, which have been caused by COVID-19 and other diseases that have claimed the lives of masses in the country.

Volunteers at Caritas Freetown getting ready to serve victims of the Thursday, March 25 fire at Susan's Bay slum in Freetown in Sierra Leone. / Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Leads 21-Day Feeding Program for Thousands of Sierra Leone’s Fire Victims

Volunteers at Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone are leading teams of other charity organizations in reaching out to thousands of people who were left homeless when fire razed down a huge chunk of a slum outside the country’s capital in the Archdiocese of Freetown.

Beneficiaries of a Caritas Freetown project aimed to rehabilitate Ebola survivors in the country. / Fr. Peter Konteh/ Caritas Freetown

We Can’t Afford to Deal with Ebola Again, Cleric in Sierra Leone Says, Expresses Fear

A Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone’s Archdiocese of Freetown who was at the forefront of the fight against Ebola during the world’s worst outbreak of the disease in 2013 says the West African country does not have the capacity to fight the disease, which has already been reported in neighboring Guinea.

Some Christians during Mass at the newly constructed St. Augustine's Parish in Sierra Leone’s Freetown Archdiocese. / Facebook Page St. Augustine's Parish Freetown.

Sierra Leone’s New Church Building a Response to Growing Number of Parishioners: Salesians

A new church under construction at the Parish dedicated to St. Augustine in Sierra Leone’s Freetown Archdiocese is a response to the growing number of parishioners, the leadership of the Salesian Missions, the U.S.-based development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) has said.

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Caritas Freetown Restoring Dignity in Sierra Leone’s Ebola Survivors

To the rest of the world, the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa evokes vivid memories of one of the worst viral infections ever recorded in history that left thousands in several west African countries dead. But for people living in these countries, it is the aftermath of the epidemic that has been the worst to deal with.

An official of Caritas Freetown begging for funds on the streets of Sierra Leone to support sick children in the West African country who need specialized treatment in India. / Caritas Freetown.

Caritas Freetown Begging on Sierra Leone Streets to Facilitate Children’s Surgery Abroad

For nearly three years, members of Caritas Freetown have been begging for funds on the streets of Sierra Leone to support sick children in the west African country who need specialized treatment in India.

Fr. Peter Konteh, founder of St. Mary’s Interim Child Care Centre within the Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone, / Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Defying Setbacks to Rescue Sierra Leone’s Sexually Molested Girls

At St. Mary’s Interim Child Care Centre within the Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone, girls as young as five who have been sexually molested embark on the bumpy process of searching for justice in the West African country where cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) are rife.

One of the toilets offered by Caritas Freetown to the Culvert Slum Community in Sierra Leone. / Caritas Freetown

On World Toilet Day, Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone Constructs Slum’s Only Five Toilets

For a long time in Sierra Leone, residents of Culvert Slum Community outside the county’s capital Freetown lived without toilets and practiced open defecation, adding to the dirt that the slum was already covered in.

Children at St Teresa of the Child Jesus Parish in Bo. Sierra Leone reading Child'sBible, "God speaks to His children." / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Catholic Charity Organization Strengthening Children Evangelization in Sierra Leone

At Sierra Leone’s Diocese of Bo, children are being mentored to reach out to other children from deprived backgrounds in the West African country, thanks to a pontifical charity organization that is distributing religious materials to the Diocese.

Some members of Caritas Freetown. / Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Donates Household Items to Police Officers in Sierra Leone after Inferno

The charity arm of Sierra Leone’s Archdiocese of Freetown has reached out to several families of police officers whose houses were razed down and their properties destroyed following last week’s inferno at the Kingtom Police Barracks, which is within the precincts of the Archdiocese.

Some Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone beneficiaries of different business ventures set up by Caritas Freetown. / Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Sets Up Businesses for Dozens of Ebola Survivors in Sierra Leone

Some 50 Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone, all of them bearing the scars of the disease that killed at least 3,000 people in the west African country, gathered at Hastings town in the rural area of the country to sign up for different business ventures in a project designed by the charity arm of the Archdiocese of Freetown to restore dignity among the survivors.

Catholic Priests in the Archdiocese of Freetown.

International Catholic Charity Gifts Struggling Sierra Leonean Clerics with Mass Stipends

Catholic Priests ministering under difficult conditions in Sierra Leone’s Freetown Archdiocese have been given Mass stipends amounting to 17,160 Euros to cushion them through the COVID-19 pandemic that has been characterized with dwindling Church resources in the west African country.