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Sierra Leone police frees woman accused of FGM




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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Nigerian President Buhari Warns Ballot box snatchers to value their lives



President Muhammadu Buhari has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during the elections to desist or pay with his or her life if caught.

President Buhari who stated this at the opening session of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus meeting in Abuja, on Monday, said that such act would be the last unlawful act the person will be brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.


Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.

While urging party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units the president said that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems by thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.


– Vanguard

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DR Congo blame Unending Ebola Outbreak on Violence , Community Mistrust.



DR Congo Ministry of Health spokesperson Jessica Ilunga has declared that violence and community mistrust have continued to hamper all efforts to control and end the fresh Ebola outbreak, which started Aug. 1.

Though according to the World Health Organization the number of new Ebola cases has dropped slightly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as there are 33% fewer cases to date in February compared with the same time period in December per STAT’s Helen Branswell, but some experts warn Axios that there remain signs that this outbreak is far from over.

Meanwhile, some experts warn that, that doesn’t mean the world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak on record is yet under control, and in fact it could simply be moving to new areas of the sprawling country.


Johns Hopkins’ public health expert Jennifer Nuzzo maintains there are several reasons people should continue to view this outbreak as a cause for concern.

However, Nuzzo said Congo needs more than money from the international community and the U.S. in particular. Safety concerns have largely caused the CDC to limit its Ebola experts to the capital city of Kinshasa, where some have returned after being evacuated during an uptick in election-related violence, Nuzzo added that Now is the time for the U.S. to send them into the field.


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