Amid protests, Sierra Leone sells rainforest to China for the industrial harbor in $55m deal

ABU MUBARIK Sierra Leone has sold 100 hectares of beach and protected rainforest to China to construct an industrial fishing harbor. The deal, said to be worth $55 million, was struck by the two countries amidst protest from conservationists, The Guardian has…

Sierra Leone is Home to a Climate Resistant Coffee Plant

Scientists say a “forgotten” coffee plant that can grow in warmer conditions could help future-proof the drink against climate change. They predict we could soon be sipping Stenophylla, a rare wild coffee from West Africa that tastes like Arabica coffee,…

Integrity Is Earned, Not Bought, Says One Young Leader in Sierra Leone

Born the son of Sierra Leone’s chief justice, Osman Abdal Timbo could have easily led a life of privilege. “As much as he moved up in society, my father wanted me to learn the hard way,” Osman says. “I would…

Sierra Leone gangster leaves streets for life of poetry

Cooper Inveen In his poem “Rough Path”, Yousef Kamara reflects on his years selling drugs and stealing as the leader of a street gang in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. “Like a traveler in a rough jungle/Self propelling all alone/Edging through…