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President Koroma receives Power trio of Blyden, Cassell, and Wesseh at State House

In this photo released by State House Tuesday, President Ernest Koroma welcomes Liberian Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Julia Duncan Cassell at State House. According to Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, Sierra Leone’s Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs Minister (in blue) the purpose of the visit was to present Ms. Medina Wesseh, the incoming Secretary General of the Mano River Union. Ms. Wesseh is a former senior executive assistant to President Ellen Sirleaf, and was senior program development officer for the United States Agency for International Development’s Liberia Transition Initiative. Ms. Wesseh has also consulted for numerous international organizations, including the UN Economic Commission for Africa/African Centre for Women and the UNIFEM-sponsored Research on Voices of Liberian Women in the Peace Process. During Ms. Wesseh’s tenure as chairperson of the National Task Force on Prioritizing Girls’ Education and Women’s Empowerment, t

Remembering January 6, 1999: Zainab Bangura honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Haja Zainab Hawa Bangura is a Sierra Leonean politician and social activist. She was appointed as Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict in September 2012.  "Today, on this very solemn day, I want us to remember all those who gave their lives to save the city after the January 6 attack. " By Christmas Day 1998, the rebels led by the late Solomon A.J. Musa were at Waterloo and Freetown was under siege. As though by some divine intervention, S.A.J Musa died a mysterious death on the outskirts of the city before the year rolled over.  His death delayed the attack on the city as we were later informed.  Following reports of his death, we knew it was just a matter of time before all hell broke loose. The civil society coalition was now working with ***ECOMOG, the *** Kamajors and many more people. We no longer had an Army. Our military had turned against us and they were on the move to slaughter us. Several st