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Sierra Leone doctors strike over pay, fuel allowances

Sierra Leone doctors strike over pay, fuel allowances

DOCTORS across Sierra Leone began an indefinite strike to protest low pay and lack of benefits, leaving dozens of patients in hospital waiting rooms in need of care. The doctors said they lost between 20% to 40% of their take-home pay in May after the government ended their monthly COVID-19 risk allowance and a tax break they had received with the onset of the pandemic. They are also demanding fuel allowances of 45 litres per week, which they said has been promised but not delivered for years. Doctors also staged strikes in 2018 and 2020 in the West African country,…
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Freetown in shock after dozens killed protests

Freetown in shock after dozens killed protests

UMARU FOFANA and COOPER INVEEN DOZENS died in anti-government protests in Sierra Leone, police and other sources said, sharply raising the death toll from the previous day's clashes as shocked citizens stayed mostly behind closed doors in the capital Freetown. Six police officers and at least 21 civilians were killed, the sources said, as hundreds took to the streets in frustration at economic hardship and a perceived failure by the government to cushion the impact of rising prices. The unrest is highly unusual for Sierra Leone, especially in the West African country's capital Freetown. A few people have been killed…
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Targeting disaster management: New research evidence from Sierra Leone

Targeting disaster management: New research evidence from Sierra Leone

SIERRA Leone is prone to climate-related disasters like fires, water shortages, floods and mudslides. It has also seen serious disease outbreaks like Ebola and COVID-19. Author LEE MILES, Professor of Crisis & Disaster Management, Bournemouth University On the World Risk Index 2021, Sierra Leone rates 47th among 181 nations, recording high scores for vulnerability, susceptibility and lack of coping capacities. The situation seems to be worsening. For example, Freetown, the country’s capital, has experienced over 25 major urban fires since February 2021. This included the Susan’s Bay fire disaster that resulted in 7,000 people losing their homes in one night…
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