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Sierra Leone police frees woman accused of FGM

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Sierra Leonean police have released a woman accused of female genital mutilation following pressure from a powerful society of circumcisers.

Elsie Kondoromoh was “tentatively” released after a large number of cutters protested against her arrest, police inspector Marty Tarawallie said.

Stick-wielding cutters have also protested at a hospital where her alleged victim is being treated.

Female circumcision is currently banned in Sierra Leone.

The ban came in force following the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the region in December 2013, killing some 11,000 people.

But female circumcision, which traditionalists see as a passage to womanhood, has been revived in recent months, reports from the eastern region of Kenema, where the incident happened.

Types of FGM

Poster saying 'facts about FGM'

Clitoridectomy – partial or total removal of the clitoris

Excision – removal of the clitoris and inner labia (lips), with or without the outer labia

Infibulation – cutting, removing and sewing up the genitalia

•Any other type of intentional damage to the female genitalia (burning, scraping et cetera)

Ms Kondoromoh added that she cared for Ms Allieu after she was circumcised.

“She told me that she would be taunted and further provoked if she went back home and so wanted to spend time with me to recover,” the cutter said.

“I told her she could stay with me as we were only three in my house. I bought provisions for her. I woke up every morning to prepare food for her before leaving home.”

Our correspondent says police rescued Ms Allieu several days later after she managed to call them, and said they found her in a “weak and hopeless state”.

Ms Allieu seemed to be in excruciating pain when he met her at a hospital, with medical staff describing her condition as serious but stable, he adds.

With fears for Ms Allieu’s safety growing after a group of circumcisers went to the hospital with sticks to demand that she be handed over to them, activists are calling for her evacuation from Sierra Leone, our correspondent says.

Insp Tarawallie told the BBC that investigations were continuing.

She defended the decision to release Ms Kondoromoh from custody, saying that cutters “are around us”.

“They were singing above their voices demanding that we should release that woman,” Insp Tarawallie added.

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$550m bridge to connect two congos separated by River Congo.

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Two Congos separated by a river, the River Congo, have set in motion a plan to link their respective capital with a multi-purpose bridge.

The project estimated to cost $550m will include a toll bridge, a railway track, a road and a sidewalk, a statement cited by the Bloomberg portal reported.

The first Congo is officially sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest country in terms of land size, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Referred to as DR Congo, better still Congo-Kinshasa.



The other is the Republic of Congo whose national capital is Brazzaville with a commercial capital which borders the South Atlantic Ocean, Pointe Noire.

The announcement was made las week during the maiden Africa Development Bank investment forum in Johannesburg. When completed, it will provide alternative transportation means which are currently restricted to boats or planes.

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The bridge which will span a 1,575-meter route will give birth to special economic zones between the two neighbours, Republic of Congo Spatial Planning Minister Jean-Jacques Bouya said at the forum.

Officials from both sides of the river have signed an agreement to that effect, Bloomberg reported last week.

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The great Congo River is the second longest river in Africa, shorter only than the Nile, as well as the second largest river in the world by discharge volume, following only the Amazon.

It is also the world’s deepest recorded river, with measured depths in excess of 220 m. Its overall length is put at 4,700 km (2,922 miles). The Congo gets its name from the old Kingdom of Kongo which was at the mouth of the river.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo, both countries sitting along the river’s banks, are named after it. From 1971 to 1997, the Democratic Republic of the Congo was called Zaire and its government called the river the Zaire River.

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U.K’s deportation of Trader Kweku Adoboli Raises dust.

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Authorities in the United Kingdom, UK, have deported a former UBS trader jailed for Britain’s biggest fraud over unauthorised trades that cost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion.

Kweku Adoboli, a Ghanaian national who has lived in Britain since he was 12 had serially worked to avert the threat of deportation at a court hearing in London in December 2017.



It was reported on Wednesday that Adoboli was due to be flown out of Heathrow airport after he had been detained in Scotland on Monday evening.

Adoboli’s case made global headlines when he was arrested in 2011 and tried in 2012 over the huge losses to UBS, caused by trades far in excess of his authorised risk limits which he had pretended to hedge by booking fictitious off-setting trades.

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Adoboli, now in his late thirties has been appealing against an order made by the British authorities in July 2014 that he should be sent back to Ghana as a foreign criminal. Ghanaians have reacted to the deportation on social media outlets.

He had previously accused the Home Office, Britain’s interior ministry, of having mishandled his case. Among other issues, he says officials falsified a copy of his passport, wrongly asserted he was ineligible to work in Britain, and got basic facts about his life wrong in the deportation order.

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Since his release from prison in June 2015, Adoboli has campaigned for cultural change in financial services. He says he is remorseful for the actions that led to his fraud conviction, but should be allowed to stay in Britain because of strong personal ties in the country and the public interest in his advocacy work.

Born in Ghana in 1980, Adoboli moved to Jerusalem with his family in 1984 when his father, a United Nations official, was posted there. The family later moved to Syria, and Adoboli never lived in Ghana again apart from during a short stint when the family had to leave Damascus because of the first Gulf War.

In 1992, aged 12, Adoboli was sent to a Quaker boarding school in Yorkshire, northern England. He has lived in Britain ever since.

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