Shoes left after a flash flood during the mudslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone August 18, 2017.
Unless urban planning is taken seriously in Sierra Leone, there's a risk that similar disasters like the mudslides could occur with potentially more devastating consequences.
The mudslide killed nearly 500 people.
Foreign aid can harm as well as help.
The hillside near Regent, outside Freetown, hit by a mudslide.
Mass graves are being dug for hundreds of those killed in a nation once more gripped by grief.
The offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State has damaged thousands of structures in the historic Old City.
The West needs to push for local action against Islamic State's reign of terror in the Middle East. States in the region must find solutions to the conflicts to bring peace and stability.
The public in Sierra Leone was proactive in reporting suspected Ebola cases.
The power to overcoming Ebola was in public awareness by performing simple yet basic infection prevention and control measures like washing hands, isolation and reporting suspected cases.
The IMF was blamed after the 2014 Ebola crisis for contributing to the failure of West African health systems to develop.
West African health systems were weak before the IMF got involved. Sadly, the policy reforms demanded by the IMF in exchange for loans have undermined governments' ability to repair these problems.
Who are you going to call?
EPA/Felipe Dana/AP/World Press Photo
IS has proved very adept at fending off massive conventional forces – but that doesn't mean crack private security teams would do any better.
A disempowering judgment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone should not blind us to how local activists still made use of its symbolic power.
How are we to understand why people in different parts of the world continue to demand and participate in transitional justice institutions and processes in spite of the shortcomings?
They might be certain, but they don’t have to be brutal.
Tax systems in post-colonial Africa need to be reformed. For instance, there ought to be rebates for advancing moral good or educating future taxpayers.
Policewomen lock hands during a protest march in Nigeria.Collaboration between police and communities is helping improve safety in parts of the country.
A new study shows an amazingly symbiotic relationship between the community and police in Nigeria: 70% of survey respondents claim that collaboration has brought safety to their communities.
Magazine Wharf: home to some of Freetown’s hardest-hit Ebola survivors.
UK Department for International Development
After the Ebola outbreak claimed the lives of thousands across West Africa – Tom Solomon returns to talk to those still working in the aftermath.
An Ebola training exercise at Madigan Army Medical Center’s Andersen Simulation Center, in the US.
John Liston/Army Medicine/ flickr
To tackle Zika and other viral outbreaks, we need to focus not only on the pathology of the disease, but also on the global political and economic architecture.
The aftermath of a Libyan militia’s clash with Islamic State.
Mercenaries and private armies have always been controversial – but are they really any worse than regular armies?
An excavator clears land for a palm oil plantation in southern Sierra Leone for a Lichtenstein-based a company. Such projects are criticised by some as ‘land grabs’.
International development banks are supposed to ensure adherence to human rights in the projects they fund. Instead, their practices provide fertile ground for human rights abuses.
The aftermath of an Israeli air strike on Gaza’s Islamic University. Higher education systems often become casualties of war.
Quality higher education is crucial for recovery, peace-building, economic development and stronger governance in post-conflict societies.
United Nations Photo
The communities ravaged by Ebola need mental health support to help people rebuild their lives.
Sierra Leone has made significant progress in the fight against ebola and is grappling with economic recovery.
Although Sierra Leone is not yet officially ebola-free, there are significant improvements. Economic recovery discussions have also started. Care needs to be taken to ensure broader societal benefit.
The new fingerprint test can detect Ebola in minutes.
A new fingerprick test given at the patient's bedside predicts Ebola infection within minutes.
Nigeria managed to stem the spread of ebola in Lagos, a densely populated city of 21 million people.
The fast thinking Nigerian government used a tried and tested tracking system and pooled expertise to contain the ebola virus in three months.
The price of growth? Ebola management in Guinea.
European Commission DG ECHO
If ever we wanted a reminder of how global capitalism has got things wrong, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa serves the purpose well. Our assumption that economic growth is essential is not only a feature…