BANJUL, 24 October 2016 - Joint Statement by IHRDA and Equality Now at the 28th Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

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18 August 2016 - Yesterday, the Republic of Sierra Leone became the 15th country to launch the African Union campaign to end child marriage in Africa, ramping up its efforts to end a practice that affects 39% of girls in the country.

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FREETOWN, 29 April 2016 - Child inmates are left to languish in prison with no visitors or legal assistance as many wait years for a trial.

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3 March 2016 - A report by the National Commission for Children (NCC) launched on Wednesday, 2ND March 2016 reveals that the unavailability of educational opportunities and the lack of trained and qualified teachers in schools are contributing factors to early child marriage.

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12 January 2016 – First Lady Madam Sia Nyama Koroma has joined several stakeholders in the health sector to support the new Abortion Act, which was passed by Parliament last year but is yet to receive presidential assent.

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DAKAR, 6 November 2015 - Schoolgirls in Sierra Leone have been forced to undergo humiliating and degrading public pregnancy tests since the government banned pregnant girls from attending mainstream schools and taking exams, Amnesty International said on Friday.

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FREETOWN, October 11, 2015 - October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child, which recognizes girls' rights and the challenges they face such as child marriage. According to the organization Girls not Brides, the rates of child marriage have risen sharply. It also says child marriage can increase during natural and humanitarian disasters. Now, the organization is calling on governments worldwide to implement policies and plans to end child marriage. In Sierra Leone the issue is a growing concern.

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August 13, 2015 - While the worst of the Ebola epidemic has passed, its impact is far from over for the orphans left behind. In Sierra Leone alone, a country of just over six million people, the Ebola epidemic has orphaned more than 12,000 children who have lost one or both family members, according to Street Child, a British charity.

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PORT LOKO, 13 December 2014 — Sweetie Sweetie had no choice.
Her father had just died of Ebola. So had her sister. Her mother was vomiting blood and fading fast.

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20 November 2014- Of the hundreds of children in Sierra Leone who have lost parents to Ebola, the vast majority have lost both their mother and their father.

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