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Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, In : Articles 

When I arrived in Kailahun for a consulting work, I knew there was something else I needed to do for me and my younger colleague, JoJo, before I left this ancient town, named in honor of a Kissi warrior chief, Kai Londo. Kailahun means Kai's town.

"JoJo, let's go to the Slaughter House." I said.

This was a test. I wanted to know if JoJo knew about the Slaughter House. She is younger and a witness only to the end battles of our decade-long civil war.

"Where is that and why?" She asked.

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Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, In : Articles 

There is nothing special about bondo bush. It is a place where old people fidget with little girls vaginas. If you want to teach girls culture send them to school. Again, we don't need any bush cultural barracks. FMG is harmful to little girls and an anachronistic cultural practice. Our inability to accept that and change is indicative of a general developmental stagnation and unprogressiveness in our society. 

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Artists In Residency

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, March 11, 2019, In : Articles 
I am one of this year's Africa Center Artists in Residency. I will use this opportunity to work on a new manuscript reexamining the Sierra Leone Hut Tax War. I am delighted and looking forward this process. I also look forward to spending some time in Brazil, looking at the history of people of African descent there. 

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There is more in you than you think|Joseph Kaifala| TedxYouth@Kingtom

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, In : Video Blog 

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The Agony of Freetown Mudslide Victims

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, December 21, 2017, In : Articles 

Photo: Umaru Fofana

In Sierra Leone, victim always languish in their victimization. From our civil war victims to ebola survivors and orphans, the Freetown mudslide victims should have known that in this country their suffering is purely their burden. When the funds are raised and the immediate tragedy ends, our government is not in the habit of caring for those for whom its coffer is filled by those who care.

It was the hope of the Freetown mudslide victims that after condemnations concerning ...

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Understanding the ECOWAS Court Ruling Against the Government of Sierra Leone in the Sam Sumana Case

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, December 8, 2017, In : Articles 

The response of the Government of Sierra Leone through its Attorney General to the ECOWAS Court has always been an adamant adherence to the incompetent position that the court had no jurisdiction in the case of the petitioner, former Vice President Sam Sumana, against his former administration. In order to understand the ruling against the Government of Sierra Leone, I begin by dismissing the position, as the court earlier did, that a court established by the Economic Community of West Africa...

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Sierra Leone: A Putrid System Breeds Maggots

Posted by Jeneba Project on Sunday, August 27, 2017, In : Articles 

In the past week, I have witnessed with horror and outrage as individuals, businesses, NGOs, Plenipotentiaries, foreign heads of state, and even our own local government ministries make direct donations of cash, cheques, and supplies to the president and vice president for victims of the recent flood and mudslide in Freetown. These donations, amounting to millions of dollars, are made under no concrete instruments of accountability. C’est a dire, these donations are not for t...

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Guardians of Lion Mountains

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, In : Poems 

Guardians of Lion Mountains
©Joseph Kaifala

descendant of ancient tribes
whose stories 
of triumph and tribulation
are told on many shores,
among friends and foes,
thrive in the indefatigable spirit 
of the Kebali of Kasseh.

our bond strengthened
by Masarico’s valiant hands
that sorted us into clans
linked by ethnic arteries
affixed to our matrilineal heritage,
the Mali Empire where
our ancestry lives.

We rise and fall
in humble imitation of our forebears,
walking in the path
of men and women of valor

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Africa Rising: Opportunities and Possibilities

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, In : Articles 

Africa is coming to terms with democratic governance and free market economy. The continent possesses significant deposits of natural resources, but it is mostly limited by bad governance and poor financial systems. In spite of these limitations, however, opportunities exist all over the continent for economic growth and development. There has been a decline in the civil wars and political insurrections that marred the continent’s development throughout the eighties and early...

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Poor Theresa: How A School Girl Found Herself In A Sierra Leonean Jail

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, November 21, 2016, In : Articles 

Sierra Leone has endured an unfair existence since the death of Sir. Milton Margai, the only post-independence Sierra Leonean leader who governed with an unwavering commitment to the rule of law and the welfare of his people. Sir Milton insisted on establishing a post-independence political foundation based on a government of the people, for the people, and in service for the people. Sir Milton died without completing his vision for our new nation and thereafter it survived at ...

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Mandela: The Oldest Known Interview

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, September 1, 2016, In : Video Blog 
This is believed to be the oldest known interview with Senior Comrade Nelson Mandela, The Black Pimpernel. It states firmly the position of the ANC against all forms of racial discrimination.

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Stephen Hawking: Questioning the Universe

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, August 6, 2016, In : Video Blog 

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Why Aren't You Angry?

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, July 8, 2016, In : Articles 

We are all made of hearts, be they in white cages or black ones, we feel. When senseless killings happen among people at war, we blame it on the conflict, but America is at peace.  In this country, the police, sentinels of our democratic peace, are more afraid of death than the people they swear to protect. When confronted by black folks, their nerves are excited by preconceived notions of blackness, and they become trigger happy.  There are those among us who would be quick to...

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This Is Why I Feel The Bern

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, In : Video Blog 
A leader who speaks in 21st Century language anywhere is one I will support any day! 

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Dear America: Africa is Watching Your Presidential Race and We Don't Like What We See

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, March 21, 2016, In : Articles 

The U.S. Presidential Election matters to Africa because, whether we like it or not, when America sneezes the continent catches a cold.  America loves to sneeze on the theater of global politics, which is why Africa prays it doesn’t allow itself to acquire a communicable disease.  When young African democracies seek political inspiration, they look to America not because they condone everything this nation does, but because on a good day, America inspires the world with truth...

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Joseph Kaifala Image

Posted by Jeneba Project on Sunday, March 13, 2016, In : Pictures 
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The Death of John Frederic Naimbana: Did The English Kill A Sierra Leonean Prince?

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, February 15, 2016, In : Articles 

When Alexander Falconbridge, agent of the Sierra Leone Company (SLC), a business venture established to facilitate commerce between Britain and Sierra Leone, renegotiated a land contract for the reconstruction of Freetown, which had been recently burnt down by Chief Jimmy, the presiding sovereign, King Naimbana of Robana, added to the new land grant a request for Falconbridge to take his son, Prince John Frederic, to London to receive Western education under the guardianship of the British ab...

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Woman of Africa

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, In : Poems 

Woman of Africa
Joseph Kaifala

African woman
Woman of the north
Woman of the south
Woman of the east and west
Woman of the Makona river
How beautiful you are

I look at you without blinking
Your black braided hair
A beauty I cannot resist
Like an alignment of the stars
Your smooth dark skin
Complements your fierce white eyes

I could stare at you forever
As you do your majestic walk
Feet and hips in rhythm
To the beat of your internal djembe
With the attitude of a goddess
You flirt wit...

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Sierra Leone: Safe Abortion Is Caesar's Business, Not God's

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, January 28, 2016, In : Articles 

Whenever religious leaders in Sierra Leone unite on a political issue, the people, especially women, are bound to be on the losing side. The new cause célèbre of these sultans and deacons is their objection to the Safe Abortion Bill, which will allow a pregnancy of up to twelve weeks to be terminated without reason. It is curious that these sacred apostles (mostly men), do not come out in their cassocks and turbans against the extreme poverty, human rights violations, and ina...

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Posted by Jeneba Project on Sunday, November 29, 2015,

To Move The World

Joseph Kaifala

One more step along the world I have come
Along pavements that seem to lead beyond
From familiar stories a few years done
To a new page almost unknown
Landing on shores that may not bemoan
A philosophy that is not my own

From the lands of the Bambara
Where yemani trees stretch afar
I have swum across the Mano River
Uniting fallen tribes of separate lands
Bearing once more and now
The humble peace my forefathers spread

If these whirly winds be ...

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Joseph Kaifala|Every Tragedy Is Tragic!

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, November 14, 2015, In : Articles 

Social media platforms have made it possible for individuals to share and participate in the lives of others. In spite of the negative aspects of sharing, the world has generally benefited from these globalized platforms. However, like in real life, outcry or support for some issues sometimes outweighs others. The Icebucket challenge came and superseded various other equally serious issues in social media fundraising, Americans spread their rainbow love by coloring their profil...

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Joseph Kaifala|Sierra Leone is Ebola Free But Crisis Not Yet Over

Posted by Jeneba Project on Sunday, November 8, 2015, In : Articles 

Photo: WHO

On November 6, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Sierra Leone ebola free, joining Liberia in the free zone and leaving Guinea with one case. The emergency in Sierra Leone and Liberia has ended, but the ebola crisis is not yet over.  As long as one country is carrying the disease and a vaccine has not yet been found, all countries are at risk.  I have written before that ebola, like all other diseases perpetually killing people in that region, will con...

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The Sierra Leonean Conflict and the Militarization of Children

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, November 7, 2015, In : Articles 

Good Evening:

It is a wonderful opportunity for me to here with you tonight.  I am delighted by the efforts of institutions such as Skidmore College and the World Awareness Children’s Museum for granting you this privilege to participate in constructive conversations about the militarization of boys, a situation affecting thousands of your peers around the world, some of whom are child soldiers in rag-tag militias and vigilante forces.  According to Child Soldiers Internatio...

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Joseph Kaifala|Africans Must Reject Presidential Coups The Same Way They Reject Military Coups

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, October 30, 2015, In : Articles 

Photo: Wikipedia

Over the years military coups have gradually declined in Africa. The military has accepted the reality that overthrowing a democratically elected government is no longer acceptable. Citizens in multiple African countries have rejected attempts by their military to seize power—a recent rejection demonstrated in Burkina Faso. The International Community, including the African Union and ECOWAS, has also adopted a no-tolerance approach to juntas. Many African countries have embr...

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On Tragedy In Our Lives

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, October 8, 2015, In : Pictures 

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On Climate Change

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, September 21, 2015, In : Pictures 

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Syrian Refugees Have Made Me Cry the Tears I Never Shed for Myself

Posted by Jeneba Project on Sunday, September 6, 2015, In : Articles 

Image: Wikipedia-Magnus Manske

Watching and listening to my Syrian brothers and sisters on the news, I cried the tears I should have shed many years ago on the Guinean border. Like my late father, I wake up every morning to BBC news, and the headline for the past couple of weeks have been about the Syrians running away from their country and seeking refuge in Europe. Every morning I listen to the interviews, the pain in their voices, and the hopelessness of their situation. Behi...

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Nothing But Love

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, In : Pictures 

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No Mountain So High

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, In : Pictures 

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On Equal Protection of Just Laws

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, July 25, 2015, In : Pictures 

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Happy Mandela Day 2015

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, July 18, 2015, In : Pictures 

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J. Carter: On the Number One Human Rights Abuse

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, July 4, 2015, In : Video Blog 
Old man Jimmy always put things into perspective for me. Here, he covers a whole bunch of issues that affect and limit women's lives globally.

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Stay Young And Change the World

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, In : Pictures 

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Maxim On Peace With Oneself

Posted by Joseph Ben Kaifala on Saturday, May 23, 2015, In : Pictures 

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Lion Mountains

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, In : Poems 

Lion Mountains

In the Lion Mountains I was conceived
In her absence I have redefined myself
I was compelled to leave you Romarong
But I am strengthened by your blood
The blood of free blacks mixed with natives
On the western side of a continent
A home for Africa’s abandoned children

How I long to coil in your black belly again
And smell the aroma of foufou and tola
Cooked with hog-foot and canya pepe
And the tang of Mama Jeneba’s pemahun
Dispersed by the smell of ken...

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There Was A Meeting In Heaven Last Night

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, April 18, 2015, In : Poems 

There Was A Meeting in Heaven Last Night
By Joseph Kaifala

Hear ye, Hear ye!
Did the town crier not pass through your town tonight?
There was a meeting in Heaven last night
What meeting do you speak of, Eyes of the Dead?
Chief Albert Luthuli was there
I said what meeting do you speak of, Messenger of our Ancestors!
Oliver Tambo was in attendance and he sat with Mandela
Chris Hani was there, too, and he sat at the feet of Old Luthuli
Ruth First and Joe Slovo were there!
Then the child...

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Joseph Kaifala

Posted by Jeneba Project on Sunday, March 29, 2015, In : Pictures 

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A Presentation to UNESCO Human Rights Ambassadors

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, March 26, 2015, In : Articles 

A Presentation to UNESCO Ambassadors
University of Connecticut
Joseph Kaifala, Esq.

March 25, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Thank you very much for your invitation. It is an honour and pleasure to be here with you tonight. Unlike many lawyers, I believe in brevity. However, in all my concision, I am not as succinct as Mahatma Gandhi who once stood up to address a crowd but could not speak. He became so nervous that all he could get himself to say was: I conceive, I conceive, I conceive. To w...

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Defending Our Constitution and Laws is a Must!

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, March 23, 2015, In : Articles 

When the first bullet was fired at Bomaru on March 23, 1991, I had just gotten out of prison with my father and walked back to Sierra Leone from Liberia. We had been arrested by Charles Ganghay Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) rebels and incarcerated on the outskirts of Voinjama. I was only about eight or nine years old and as a child I had no idea why we were in jail. Years later I would come to learn that Ganghay Taylor was retaliating for Sierra Leone’...

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In Conversation: Desmond Tutu

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, March 9, 2015, In : Video Blog 
This is one of the most compelling interviews with the African Elder, Tata Desmond Tutu. I have enjoyed listening to the old man and I believe you would, too. The Archbishop maintains that he is not a pacifist and elaborates on the "just war" theory of International Humanitarian Law.

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Ebola: The Bandit Salauds of Sierra Leone Have Struck Again

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, In : Articles 

Photo Credit:CDC

According to the BBC, a recent audit report from Sierra Leone has revealed that 30% of internal ebola funds has not been properly accounted for by authorities. According to the report, $5.7 million dollars worth of spending has no supporting documentation showing where or how the money was expended. The government has not yet responded to these outrageous revelations in a time of unprecedented health emergency in the country. That, too, is evidence of their utte...

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If Love Were...

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, February 13, 2015, In : Poems 

If Love Were…

A Poem by Joseph Kaifala

If love were in a day 
I would ask the creator for a thousand more 
To quench this loving thirst that dries my lips 
Since last February fourteen 
When my lover beyond mountains flew

If love were in bouquets of flower 
So shall I pray for fertile ground 
Where my heart will blossom 
To fill the world with choking fragrance 
That all lovers may suffocate 
In this wild field of rose

If love were diamond rings 
A Jeweler's sh...

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Hold My Hand

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, February 12, 2015, In : Poems 

Hold My Hand
A Poem by Joseph Kaifala

Hold my hand
And lead me down the path
Where our love endures forever
And wash away my cowardly fears
As we gaze at the setting sun
Hold my hand
And be my unwavering strength
When waves of life attempt to sway me
For your love holds firmer than levees
Even on quicksand that slides beneath

Hold my hand
My stunning angel of dusk
And dilute my untamed anxieties
As the sun dissolves into sea
And the sky overshadows their embrace


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How To Become A Better Person

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, January 30, 2015, In : Video Blog 
Alain de Botton and the School of Life have a great way of summarizing some of the most important ideas I frequently ponder. Here is a list of ten values that may help us become better people or community members. Even a little of these in practice could make the world a better place. So get your game on and heal the world. 

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Tribute To Chinua Achebe

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, In : Video Blog 
This is one of the best video tributes to a titan of African Literature. His voice will inspire us forever. Because of him, much is known about Africa around the world. He was determined to show, as his comrade Wole Soyinka has put it, that the darkness so readily attributed to Africa may prove to be a willful cataract in the eye of the beholder.

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January 6: Commemorating the Sierra Leone Civil War

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, In : Pictures 

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I Contemplate, Therefore I Make No Resolutions

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, In : Articles 

There probably will be no grand wisdom for many of us in the New Year that might not have existed last year. Therefore, in lieu of novel resolutions, we should attempt introspection. It appears many of us are annually resolving to do or not to do certain things without much self-examination. When we make resolutions merely because they are traditionally expected as we leap from an old year into a new one, we often fail to engage in meaningful Socratic examination of life as has...

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An Unhappy Christmas in Sierra Leone, Guinea And Liberia

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, In : Articles 

In a region of extreme poverty and underdevelopment, religious occasions such as Ramadan and Christmas are usually the only times that most people enjoy the joy of life rightly embedded in these festivities. Christmas and Ramadan in Sierra Leone are not only about the religious meanings of these events; they are also a social opportunity for the haves to share with the have-nots, for families to reconcile their differences, and for neighbours to entertain each other through parties an...

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Tribute To My Friend Mike Popowsky

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, In : Articles 

There are those who believe in you from the very first meeting. Mikie was not a professor and never had me as a regular student at Skidmore, but the man had such confidence in me that often made me wonder. He would sometimes text to encourage me to stay on the good path, and every now and then I quietly received a few bucks in the mail as donation to the Jeneba Project Inc., with an accompanying apology that it wasn’t a lot more. As a technician at Skidmore Media Services, he...

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Reopening Schools in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia Before Ebola is Contained Will be Irresponsible

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, December 5, 2014, In : Articles 

The ebola emergency in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia has led these countries to temporarily close schools in order to manage the spread of the disease. It has been estimated that the closure of schools affects estimably five million children in the region, and fears that some of these children might not return to school after the emergency have caused some NGOs to call for the reopening of schools in the region. As founder of the Jeneba Project Inc. and someone who has provi...

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Don't Stigmatize Africans: Ebola Is A Disease And Not A Crime

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, In : Articles 

One of the greatest pleasures of traveling around the U.S. on public transportation to give presentations and attend fundraisers for the Jeneba Project Inc., a nonprofit I founded to provide educational opportunities to the children of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea after more than a decade of civil war in that region, is the privilege of talking to ordinary Americans about these countries and the work we do. In my experience, when Americans are interested in an issue, they a...

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Inside the Library of Congress

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, November 3, 2014, In : Pictures 
I recently visited the Library of Congress, one of my favourite places in Washington DC. I visit the library often, but this time I thought of sharing some photos from inside this wonderful reading space. There is respect for learning and knowledge in a place this beautifully constructed to benefit all those who enter its doors. There is also an ongoing year-long exhibit on the US Civil Rights Act, so make your way there and learn some history. 

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Stop Ebola Stigmatization

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, In : Pictures 

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Africa Stop Ebola

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, In : Video Blog 

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Ebola: What Should Be Done Before A Vaccine Arrives

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, October 23, 2014, In : Articles 

Experts are stating that while there is considerable progress towards some form of ebola vaccine, a cure may not be available until sometime next year. What this means is that the fight against the deadly disease must proceed as if there was no vaccine in order to halt its projected exponential spread.

Now that many of the myths have been dispelled and the lackadaisical attitudes of Western countries and international organizations have been checked, it is time to provide conc...

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The Gods Are Not To Blame: Why Ebola Persists In Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, In : Articles 

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has plagued mostly Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. The most recent estimate is that the disease has killed nearly 5,000 people and continues to spread exponentially. In fact, the New England Journal of Medicine has found that at current rate of infestation, the toll could reach 20, 000 by November, if more robust actions are not taken to curb the disease. The question people are asking is why has it been so difficult to contain a disease that is no...

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In War and Peace: The Making and Remaking of Sierra Leone

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, August 29, 2014, In : Articles 
I am currently working on a comprehensive national history book for Sierra Leone. Since the publishing of "A New History of Sierra Leone" by Joe A.D. Alie, no other historian has offered a comprehensive understanding of our national history. I hope this book will offer the next generation of Sierra Leoneans another picture of their national journey as a country and how they have arrived at where they are now.

Those who commit to writing their national history should be prepared for encounters ...

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Saving the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge from Haters

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, In : Articles 

Social Media has recently been swamped with videos of ice-bucket challenges to raise awareness and fundraise for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. Indeed it is one of the most creative and captivating fundraising ideas in recent times; but no matter what one does, haters are going to hate! Many people are aggravated by videos of challenges with participants ranging from kids to the wealthiest and most influential personalities of the world. Simply put, the thing is ...

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Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone: Oral History, Human Rights, and Post-Conflict Reconciliation

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, July 10, 2014, In : Articles 
I recently published a reflection in the Oral History Journal on post-conflict reconciliation, transitional justice and oral history in Sierra Leone. The article analyses the current situation in Sierra Leone after the conflict and the pertinent issues of reparation for victims of the civil war, especially those recommended by the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission, memory and remembrance. 

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Presentation at Vermont Governor's Institute

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, In : Video Blog 

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Mandela’s long-time assistant Zelda la Grange recalls her early racism

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, June 28, 2014, In : Video Blog 
When a great man dies legends are made. Mandela was a great man and stories of his magnanimity continue to inspire us to become the better of ourselves.

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June 16, 1976: South Africa's Deadly Riots that Started in a Classroom

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, June 20, 2014, In : Video Blog 

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Joseph Kaifala Interview on Scholarships, Tribalism and Corruption

Posted by Jeneba Project on Sunday, June 8, 2014, In : Video Blog 

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Joseph Kaifala Interview on Culture Radio

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, June 5, 2014, In : Video Blog 

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Help Us Build An Excellence Academy in Sierra Leone

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, May 29, 2014, In : Articles 

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Lungi-Freetown Transit

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, In : Video Blog 

Lungi International Airport in Sierra Leone is separated from Freetown, the capital, by sea. Travelers often have to take a local and usually overcrowded ferry to reach Freetown. In addition to international travelers, the ferry is usually full of traders and hawkers of all sorts. This is a video of the ferry transit between Lungi and Freetown.

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Applying International Law to Armed Groups: On the Recruitment of Children or their Use in Armed Conflict

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, April 10, 2014, In : Articles 

Could Armed Groups be Held Accountable under International Law?

International law remains unclear about its direct application to armed groups. Even international laws that unequivocally apply to non-state actors fail to specifically mention armed groups.

Increased violations of international law by armed groups has led a few scholars to speculate the idea of including armed groups in treaty-making.

According to Sophie Rondeau, Legal Adviser at the Canadian Red Cross, “[i]...

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A World of Challenges

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, In : Video Blog 

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Remark At North Hunterdon, NJ

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, In : Articles 

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Kaka-teeth and other nicknaming tradition at the Sierra Leone Grammar School

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, In : Articles 

Sierra Leoneans love nicknames. The fun of defining people by character traits and unique personalities is part of our endearing nature. Though some nicknames may not be particularly appealing to the bearer, individuals are usually christened out of charm not malice. Our friends are usually cognizant of the individual idiosyncrasies that characterized our behaviors and are often more adept at placing labels on them. Some people are instantly remembered by their nicknames rather...

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Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can we all "have it all"?

Posted by Jeneba Project on Sunday, March 16, 2014, In : Video Blog 
Some things literally speak for themselves and this is one of them. So please get your popcorn and prepare to learn.

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Germain Katanga: Guilty of War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, March 7, 2014, In : Articles 

Germain Katanga, former commander of the Patriotic Resistance Force of Ituri (FRPI) has been found guilty by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of four counts of war crimes and one count of crimes against humanity under article 25(3)(d) of the Rome Statute. He was however acquitted on charges of Rape and Sexual Slavery and the use of child soldiers. His conviction was mostly based on crimes committed by the Ngiti militia on February 24, 2003 in the town of Bogoro in the Itu...

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Sierra Leone: UN Political Office Closes But Post-Conflict Work Undone

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Articles 

March 5, 2014 marks the closure of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) and a transition to a standard UN presence through a Country Office. But as we celebrate almost fifteen years of UN commitment to lasting peace in Sierra Leone, it is important to note that many lives could have been saved and perhaps a decade of carnage prevented in the country had the UN intervened earlier. Sierra Leoneans, like we are currently witnessing in Syria,...

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Lampedusa My Brother's Grave

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, March 1, 2014, In : Poems 

Lanpedusa My Brother’s Grave


Lampedusa my brother’s grave

From rickety slums and human misery

My brothers and sisters have come

Bundled in the bond of awful memories

Tightened by the confines of their wretched vessels

Huddling and cuddling in their wooded graves

The hope of a better life their only lighthouse

Where they perish others will follow


Lampedusa my brother’s grave

Where tombstones flow upon salty liquid

Numbering not in single files

But in hundreds of mass liq...

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Philosopher Yann Dall’Aglio Explains What Love is

Posted by Jeneba Project on Sunday, February 23, 2014, In : Video Blog 
This French philosopher will teach you a thing or two about love. In my view, it is one of the most compelling observations on the idea of love in contemporary society. His central definition of love is "the desire to be desired."

Below is how TEDTalks introduces the presentation:

In this delightful talk, philosopher Yann Dall’Aglio explores the universal search for tenderness and connection in a world that's ever more focused on the individual. As it turns out, it's easier than you think. A...
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Girl's Education in Sierra Leone and the Remaking of the Athens of West Africa

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, February 21, 2014, In : Articles 

The question of limited girls’ education in Sierra Leone is not an issue of misogyny as experienced in other parts of the world; it is mostly about pragmatic investment in a poor and underdeveloped country. Like every shrewd investment, poverty often forces parents to make hard choices concerning their children’s education. Most Sierra Leonean parents understand the value of education and would like both their boys and girls to go to school; however, the economic realities many parents fa...

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Poda Poda Connection

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, In : Video Blog 
One of the major developmental setbacks in many African countries is poor transportation infrastructure. Some African cities are way too congested for traffic to flow and others lack proper roads for goods and services to be distributed throughout the country. In Sierra Leone,minivans known as poda podas provide some reprieve. But the poda podas have always been a forum for expressions of sociopolitical consciousness and religious perspectives. A few years ago I did a documentary research on ...

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Photo: Joseph Ben Kaifala

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, In : Pictures 

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Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, February 10, 2014, In : Articles 
Bosco Ntaganda, a DR Congolese warlord dubbed the "Terminator" because of his brutality and violent nature as head of the M23 rebel movement, has appeared at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to place him on trial for atrocities committed in the DRC. Gen. Ntaganda, one of the ICC's most wanted criminals, surrendered about a year ago at the US Embassy in Rwanda. The Terminator is facing eighteen counts of war crim...

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Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, In : Articles 

When old John Quincy Adams undertook the defense of the Sierra Leonean Amistad mutineers, he had been a diplomat, lawyer, lawmaker, and president (In other words, he knew the heck he was talking about, especially as to the international law arguments). He accused the government of discrimination against the Africans in favour of the Spanish and also what he referred to as  "Lilliputian trickery," after exposing the government’s plan to clandestinely deport the Africans to Cub...

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Six Bullets That Have Given Me A Good Shot At Life So Far

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, January 20, 2014, In : Articles 

I recently spoke to a gathering of young people determined to lead and make the world a better place. Among other things, I offered them six bullets that have governed my young life so far. There is more to life, but it begins with understanding that each of us has a meaningful role to play in the process of straightening this rough garment that is the world we live in.

1. We are young and that is our advantage in making the world a better place

2. We cannot allow cynicism to...

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Tribute To Nelson Mandela Song

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, January 16, 2014, In : Video Blog 
This is one of the most beautiful tributes to Nelson Madiba Mandela, RIP. Indeed, we will always remember and love you, the black pimpernel of Africa. We pray that ones even half your caliber will once again walk the African continent.

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National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a Place I Face God In America

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, January 11, 2014, In : Pictures 

One of my favourite places in Washington DC is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at the Catholic University of America (CUA). Every time I enter the Shrine, it feels as though God resides there. I try to visit the Shrine whenever I am in Washington DC for reflection and introspection. That is where I go to clean the mental slate and press the reset knob of my mind. Since the Shrine is devoted to Mary the mother of Christ, I always get the comfort ...

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Japan Joins the New Scramble for Africa with Bold Moves

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, January 9, 2014, In : Articles 

As the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, prepares a week-long visit to Africa, the BBC is reporting that he intends to pledge more that $14 billion in aid and trade deals. It seems Japan knows that if it is to compete with other world powers scrambling for and partitioning Africa’s resources, especially its main rival China, it has to go beyond the efforts of Yasuhiro Murotatsu, the so called bare foot diplomat who achieved some wonderful diplomatic gains by competing in t...

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Sierra Leone: Twelve Years Since War Ended Reparation Remains An Unfinished Business

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, January 6, 2014, In : Articles 

January 2014 marks twelve years since the end of the Sierra Leonean civil war and reparation for victims remains an unfinished business of our reconciliation process. In addition to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which was established to try those who bear the greatest responsibilities for violations of International Humanitarian Law and Sierra Leone Law committed between 1996-2002, the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission was also setup to “to create an impa...

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Revisiting Felix Dennis' Odes to vice and consequences

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, January 2, 2014, In : Video Blog 
At the start of the new year, I decided to revisit a recap of Felix Dennis' Ode to vice and consequences on TED. I believe this to be one of the greatest anthologies of contemporary poetry. But like many things I love, the thing speaks for itself, so I'll allow you to watch the clip and judge for yourself. 

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I Resolve That...

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, In : Articles 

Another year has come to an end and a new one is beginning. Traditionally, many of us will make New Year Resolutions, setting expectations and standards for ourselves in the New Year. As the champagne pops tonight, some of us will celebrate wonderful achievements in the past year and toast to the New Year with brand new goals to work towards. Then there are those of us who will be recycling last year’s resolutions, feeling somewhat bad that a whole twelve months has come and ...

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Merry Christmas

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, December 25, 2013, In : Articles 

Some of you are not Christians, many are of other religions, some are agnostic, and others are straightforward atheist, but in the absence of religious entanglement and in the spirit of what the birthday boy calls the greatest commandment of all: love, I wish you all a Merry Christmas.

We must together share what little opportunities there are to love and spread peace in this turbulent world. We may be of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, but peace and love are a universal lang...

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Cover Photo

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, December 25, 2013, In : Pictures 

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No Christmas for South Sudanese as the World Watches the Collapse of Another African State

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, In : Articles 

John Garang fought for many years for South Sudanese to have their own republic, but he died just before that dream came through two years ago, and the taste of independence has only just acquired savor before Africa’s newest republic joined the company of comrades in the power struggles that continue to keep Africa on the low ends of all major sociopolitical indices. As Christmas Eve celebrations ensure around the world, there are talks of mass murders and displacement in So...

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Don't Take Your Sexy Legs To Uganda:They Don't Like That

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, December 20, 2013, In : Articles 
Uganda is one of Africa's poorest and tumultuous countries, ranking 161 out of 187 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index. The countries indexed are categorized into Very High Human Development, High Human Development, Medium Human Development, and Low Human Development, and Uganda falls among the group of countries in the last category. Uganda was also the longtime playground of Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord Resistance Army, who is still operating in that region.  

But the ...

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First World Problems are Just Problems of Wealth and Luxury Everywhere, So Cut the First World Some Slack

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, December 19, 2013, In : Articles 

The year is coming to an end and many of you have received or shared the
Water is Life charity video: First World Problem Read By Third World People. The video enlists Haitians to read tweets from Westerners about their daily displeasures and irritations in a certain 'holier than thou' manner of presentation. I have remained quiet about the video since it appeared almost a year ago, but when it began to reemerge in my social media updates, I figured it was time to express my thoughts on the m...

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Shop Through AmazonSmile And Donate To JenPro

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, In : Articles 
When you shop at Amazon through AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to the Jeneba Project. So as you do your shopping this holiday, please do so through AmazonSmile and select the Jeneba Project as the recipient of your donation. Thank you for your support and please spread the word among your friends and neighbours.

Jeneba Project Inc

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Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, In : Poems 
As Nelson Mandela is laid to rest, I read a poem I wrote in honour of the great leader a few years ago when he was first admitted to hospital. 

Now is the time for us, Madiba's children!

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Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, December 7, 2013, In : Articles 
As the world mourns the loss of Madiba and condolences continue to flow on social media, I personally feel like the centurion in the biblical story of the crucifixion of Christ. As Christ took his last breath on the cross, the book of Luke tells us that it was the sixth hour, and the earth was consumed by darkness until the ninth hour, the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was ripped apart. It was at that moment that the centurion is said to have wondrously glorified God and exclai...
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Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, December 5, 2013, In : Video Blog 
As founder of the Jeneba Project, evidently everything I do is surrounded by that organization. So it is, then, that my first blog on this forum is an end of year video about the project and how you can support our activities in Sierra Leone. I hope you enjoy the video and certainly hope that you donate any amount you can afford. Please, also remember to share the video on your network and encourage your friends and family to donate.

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KATEHUN KATEHUN (pronounced Ka-te-hun)-is a Mende word for a symposium or community center where disputes are settled. Everyone is permitted to make his/her case before a presiding chief in an open forum. On this forum, I write primarily for those who stand committed to the Rule of Law in Africa and to the value that our future is better determined by the government of the people, by the people, and in service for the people. To advance the African value of Ubuntu through International Law and the Principles of a United Nations, which propels us towards Life in Larger Freedom.
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