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Articles by Sulakshana Gupta

The rising price of life

Will Sierra Leone see Uganda-style protests following an increase in fuel prices?

  • May 10, 2011
  • 4

Happy anniversary!

As Sierra Leone celebrates 50 years of independence, Sulakshana Gupta revisits the photographic past.

  • April 27, 2011
  • 2

Information gap

The Freedom of Information Bill in Sierra Leone continues to be stalled.

  • April 15, 2011
  • 2

No more fresh vegetables?

Food shortages are expected in Sierra Leone, due to the ban on cross-border trade.

  • April 6, 2011
  • 5

Not a good place to be a journalist

A new national report says 25 journalists were beaten and harassed last year in Sierra Leone.

  • March 22, 2011
  • 4

A good news story for International Women’s Day

Sierra Leone’s longest-serving female death row prisoner is released after eight years. 

  • March 7, 2011
  • 2

'Gaddafi is not a Sierra Leonean MP!'

Is Colonel Muammar Gaddafi an honorary Member of Parliament in Sierra Leone?

  • February 28, 2011
  • 0

All aboard Gaddafi?

From buses to mosques, Muammar Gaddafi’s presence is hard to escape in Sierra Leone.

  • February 23, 2011
  • 5

Goodbye, blue berets

The last remaining Mongolian guards are leaving Sierra Leone after eight years of service.

  • February 22, 2011
  • 0

Entertaining the youth

Film and theatre keeps young people out of trouble in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

  • February 16, 2011
  • 0

African stories by African journalists

Legendary journalist Mohamed Amin’s son Salim wants to empower the continent’s scribes.

  • February 3, 2011
  • 0

An important asset

Sulakshana Gupta reveals five reasons why Sierra Leone matters to the UN.

  • January 17, 2011
  • 0

Freedom of information and its discontents

How will Sierra Leone’s soon-to-be passed Act make a difference to people’s lives?

  • January 10, 2011
  • 0

Sierra Leone: A year today

Sulakshana Gupta, our blogger in Sierra Leone, is back - and a lot has happened in the last year.

  • December 20, 2010
  • 1

Sierra Leone

Every home in Sierra Leone is well stocked with candles, gasoline lanterns and trusty flashlights. These are life essentials in the capital, Freetown, where electricity is intermittent at best.

  • January 1, 2010
  • 0

The not so Special Court for Sierra Leone

The trial of Charles Taylor has left an unhappy judicial legacy, argues Sulakshana Gupta.

  • November 1, 2009
  • 0

Woman at the wheel

Freetown’s only female taxi driver defies gender stereotypes.

  • October 27, 2009
  • 1

Ending female genital mutilation (Part II)

Using financial inducements to stop circumcisions.

  • October 19, 2009
  • 0

Ending female genital mutilation (Part 1)

Initiators agree to stop circumcising underage girls in Sierra Leone.

  • October 12, 2009
  • 0

Here comes the sun

Will Sierra Leone join the African solar footprint?

  • October 2, 2009
  • 1

Promises, promises

Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma must keep his promise on healthcare.

  • September 28, 2009
  • 0

Scholarships for virgins?

Young girls in Sierra Leone are being punished for receiving educational opportunities.

  • September 17, 2009
  • 3

Million dollar boys

Black market money buys a way out of unemployment in Sierra Leone

  • September 3, 2009
  • 0

Rebel politics

The Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of Sierra Leone claim the transition from rebel group to political party is complete.

  • August 23, 2009
  • 0

Make way for disability rights

Sierra Leone just ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. So what does that mean?

  • August 13, 2009
  • 0

Let there be light

Will the Bumbuna Hydroelectric Project in Sierra Leone ever be completed?

  • August 6, 2009
  • 0

The face of war

Mariatu Kamara has come a long way from Freetown beggar to published author.

  • July 30, 2009
  • 0

Confused about the law

People in rural Sierra Leone still don't understand what constitutes domestic violence or why it's a crime.

  • July 23, 2009
  • 0

'Taylor said children were small, swift and smart'

A former child soldier in Freetown refutes Charles Taylor's testimony at The Hague.

  • July 20, 2009
  • 0

'Save Yenga Save Salone'

A disputed piece of land between Sierra Leone and Guinea still threatens regional security. 

  • July 8, 2009
  • 0

The trial of Charles Taylor

A new report asks whether moving Taylor from Freetown to The Hague was a mistake for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, effectively compromising people's ownership of the justice process.

  • July 6, 2009
  • 0

When the law failed journalism

The media in Sierra Leone are forcing the judiciary to decriminalize libel and stop imprisoning journalists for sedition.

  • June 26, 2009
  • 0

Meet Mr 'Freedom of Information'

Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai is a Sierra Leonean who has been campaigning tirelessly since 2005 for the Freedom of Information Act.

  • June 18, 2009
  • 0

No justice for women

Is domestic abuse a part of Sierra Leonean culture?

  • June 11, 2009
  • 1

Where are the women?

Why is the media in Sierra Leone so testosterone-fuelled?

  • June 3, 2009
  • 0

First impressions

Indian journalist Sulakshana Gupta arrives in Sierra Leone, from where she will be blogging for NI over the next few months, and begins to familiarize herself with life in Freetown.

  • May 27, 2009
  • 0

About Sulakshana Gupta


Sulakshana Gupta is a journalist currently based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She manages media development projects for the BBC World Service Trust focusing on governance and human rights and in her spare time travels around the world. The opinions expressed in this blog are her own and do not reflect the views of her employer.

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