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How Diaspora Dollars Are Crowdfunding African Development

London-based lawyer Grace Camara came up with a clever, continent-bridging approach to financing ethical projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

MARRAKESH — It was because of her life experiences that Grace Camara decided to make the universal proverb "Unity is strength, division is weakness' a personal motto — and her entrepreneurial inspiration.

Even as a child Camara was able to appreciate the strength of community support. Her parents came to London from Sierra Leone to study. They then decided to stay, using their resources to help compatriots — some of them political figures, others not — to flee the country's 1990s civil war and obtain asylum in Britain.

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Watch: OneShot — UNICEF Against Child Labor

First adopted in 1989, the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child is "the most complete statement of children's rights ever produced." Since then, 196 countries and non-state entities have signed it, making it the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.

Unfortunately, the rights of children continue to be violated every day around the world. In 2019, for example, an estimated 10% of children around the world work, undermining their education and/or damaging their health. It is a chilling reminder of the Convention's Article 32: "States Parties recognize the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child's education, or to be harmful to the child's health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development."

UNICEF For World Day Against Child Labour 2019 ©UNICEF/Olivier Asselin

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Africa Awakens From Its China Naivety

The letter bearing the reference "MC/19/3" represents a novelty in Chinese-African relations. Kabineh Kallon, Sierra Leone's Minister for Transport and Aviation, explains in sober tones that, after careful consideration, no new airport in the capital city of Freetown will be built.

China had promised a loan and construction works worth $318 million. But Freetown already has an airport that, according to the minister, is "grossly under-utilized." Building a new one would make no economic sense. "I do have the right to take the best decision for the country," Kallon told the BBC.

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Watch: OneShot — War Amputees Soccer Players

OneShot — War amputees soccer players, 2002 (©Pep Bonet/NOOR)

OneShot is a new digital format to tell the story of a single photograph in an immersive one-minute video.

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Watch: OneShot — War Survivor In Kissy Mental Home

OneShot — War survivor in Kissy mental Home, 2003 (©Pep Bonet/NOOR)

OneShot is a new digital format to tell the story of a single photograph in an immersive one-minute video.

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Renaud Piarroux*

After Ebola, Cholera?

Not far from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a growing number of cases of cholera have spread. If these two contagious diseases overlap, it could be a catastrophe.

MARSEILLE — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, are considered vulnerable to another contagious disease, cholera, especially during the rainy season, which lasts through November.

The last serious cholera epidemic, in 2012, seems to have been spread by the travels of fishermen along the coasts of these countries. It affected 30,000 and killed 400 in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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Paul Benkimoun

Soap And Pamphlets: With Anti-Ebola Patrols In Sierra Leone

Teams of volunteers were combing the country to try to stem the spread of the virus during a recent three-day quarantine.

FREETOWN — After a compulsory three-day quarantine, life has mostly returned to normal here in the capital of Sierra Leone, and elsewhere around the West African country in the center of the Ebola outbreak.

According to the Ministry of Health, 22 new cases have been identified and 60 bodies of Ebola victims have been discovered in the West of the region, which includes Freetown. They were immediately buried.

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