It’s Not Over Yet: The Economic Impact of Ebola in Sierra Leone

A woman working in a field in Sierra Leone An outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa that began in 2014 and has continued to the present day has rocked the world. Over 9,700 people have died and almost 24,000 have been infected since the beginning of the outbreak, mainly in Liberia, Guinea,Continue reading “It’s Not Over Yet: The Economic Impact of Ebola in Sierra Leone”

Ghana’s Prayer Camps

Facing a chronic shortage of appropriate medical care, the families of disabled people in Ghana are resorting to ‘prayer camps’. With just 3 public psychiatric hospitals and 12 practising psychiatrists across the whole country, according to Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), families have resorted to sending their disabled relatives to ‘prayer camps’ run by privateContinue reading “Ghana’s Prayer Camps”

Combating Systematic Rape: South Sudan’s Struggle for Peace

Female peace activists in South Sudan have proposed a nationwide sex strike to end the country’s civil war. The proposal emerged from a meeting of more than 90 women, several of which were members of parliament, in the capital city of Juba. A sex strike was just one of many proposed ideas, all aimed atContinue reading “Combating Systematic Rape: South Sudan’s Struggle for Peace”

Burkina Faso’s Governmental Crisis: Understanding Change after Stagnation

Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in Western Africa, is currently going through a massive governmental upheaval. Widespread civilian protests over President Blaise Compaore’s bid to change the constitution to allow himself to run in the next election cycle after 27 years in power, led to his resignation on October 31st. Since then, however, the militaryContinue reading “Burkina Faso’s Governmental Crisis: Understanding Change after Stagnation”


Anyone who was paying close attention to either world news or social media back in April will remember a campaign called #BringBackOurGirls. It has been nearly six months since almost 300 schoolgirls were abducted from the Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The media covered this story extensively,Continue reading “#BringBackOurGirls”

Elephant in the Room: LGBT Rights Under Fire in Zambia

On the 7th of April, Zambian gay activist Paul Kasonkomona was arrested after taking part in a live television appearance where he called for the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in his native state. Officers attempted to arrest Mr Kasonkomonaduring his live appearance, but were stopped by the managers of the television station and were forcedContinue reading “Elephant in the Room: LGBT Rights Under Fire in Zambia”