Sierra Leone / by Alistair Galloway

Sierra Leone’s ambassador to China met with the Chinese ambassador to Sierra Leone to discuss points of cooperation and development. A new project funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development to facilitate the transition and increase completion rates of girls in secondary school. It will address security issues girls face in getting to school and will help them get back to school after leaving. Since schools have re-opened after the Ebola crisis, a number of students have tried to return to complete their educations. However, girls who became pregnant during the hiatus are facing obstacles and discrimination. Parliament approved over $150 million for the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. The National Polio Round Four Campaign began, which will target children under the age of five. Investigations began into a man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Wilberforce, a neighbourhood in Freetown. Bolloré Ports launched the Freetown Containers Terminal Extension Project, which will create a new, modern dock and will allow larger boats to come into the port. Sierra Leone is cutting government spending to combat economic issues the country is currently facing and will put a hold on new domestically financed capital projects. The European Union (EU) is suspected of planning to terminate its trade deal with countries like Sierra Leone and Nigeria over their failure to sign an economic partnership agreement.

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