Drew Paslay

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Edward Nahim: Sierra Leone’s Only Psychiatrist

Dr. Edward Nahim leans over a stack of weathered folders at the Sierra Leone Psychiatric Hospital in Freetown, where he has worked for 30 years. The …

Out of the comfort zone: Public transparency in Sierra Leone

Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai’s campaign and its implications for corruption, foreign aid, and extractive industries.<p>Taking people out of their comfort …

James Kofi Annan: turning around the life of a child slave

<b>You were sold into child slavery at the age of six. What memories do you have of that time?</b><p>As the youngest child of an illiterate family, being enslaved was not uncommon in Ghana when I was growing up. I worked as a child fisherman in more than 20 villages between the ages of six and 13, when I …

A new anti-slavery coalition is campaigning for the right of every child to be free of exploitation and secured in education<p>Ratni was 14 years old when she was sold into slavery, handed over to a family friend who had promised her a better life. Forced into bonded labour as an unpaid domestic …

Changing attitudes in Sierra Leone: priming workplaces for young people

Since the end of the conflict in Sierra Leone in 2002, the youth 'problem' has been an issue ruminated on by government and civil society alike. The narrative is that young people were the primary protagonists in the civil war, and are therefore volatile, untrustworthy, and prone to idleness.<p>One of …

Sierra Leone: a child soldier rebuilds his life - video

Foday was around 12 when rebel forces attacked his village and forced him to become a soldier during the civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002). Film-maker <b>Huw Poraj-Wilczynski</b> met him in 2009 as he struggled to rebuild his life and provide for his family while working as a motorbike taxi driver in …

LRA rebels 'kill villagers in Central Africa'

At least 16 people have been killed during clashes between rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and villagers in the Central African Republic (CAR), a military source from the CAR has said.<p>LRA fighters - on the run from Uganda where they fought the government for decades before being defeated …

Kony 2012 puts child soldiers back under the spotlight

In the space of a week, the unique torment of children who are conscripted to kill and be killed has been thrust back into the forefront of global consciousness.<p>First, the contentious film Kony 2012 – now being described as the most viral video in history with more than 100m views in less than a …

Joseph Kony child soldier returns to terrorised boyhood village

When he was 13 Edward was kidnapped by Ugandan rebels and forced to become a soldier in the Lord's Resistance Army. He survived the longest–running guerrilla war in modern history by being a trusted confidante of Joseph Kony, the chief architect of the brutal insurgency.<p>Fourteen years later, with …