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Andrew Harding, Africa correspondent

Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

This is the home of my reports, updates and analysis from across the world’s liveliest continent

Ebola crisis: Returning to Kigbal village in Sierra Leone

  • 4 December 2014
  • From the section Africa

One month ago, Kigbal village, about three hours' drive from Sierra Leone's capital, was in the most agonising distress - ravaged by the Ebola virus, and seemingly ignored by the outside world.

The dead and dying lay on one side of the main road. Dozens of children - many told us they had lost one or both parents to Ebola - stood in an abject cluster on the far side of the tarmac.

A month later, I have come back to see what has changed.

It is an eerie feeling, as we pull up in the car, wondering how many of the people we interviewed in late October will still be alive.

We head straight to the "bad" side of the road, where most of the infections and deaths had occurred.

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Ebola crisis: Struggling to change behaviour in Sierra Leone

  • 1 December 2014
  • From the section Africa

For weeks it has been the same here in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. Every day the Ebola burial teams - now well organised and promptly dispatched - collect about 60 bodies from around the city and its crowded suburbs.

Some days it is 50, sometimes as many as 80.

Read full article Ebola crisis: Struggling to change behaviour in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone foreign Ebola relief operation criticised

  • 30 November 2014
  • From the section Africa
An aerial view of the Kerry Town Ebola Treatment Centre, on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone (21 November 2014)
Almost four weeks after Kerry Town opened, there is growing concern that the facility is seriously behind schedule

On a sweltering afternoon, an ambulance crawled slowly along the fresh gravel path behind Kerry Town - the centrepiece of Britain's contribution to the fight against Ebola here in Sierra Leone.

The vehicle parked at the back gate and a team of white-suited medics carried out the first of four confirmed Ebola patients onboard.

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What MPs' scuffles reveal about South Africa's democracy

  • 14 November 2014
  • From the section Africa
Badges showing the portraits of former South African president Nelson Mandela and current South African president Jacob Zuma with the logo of ruling African National Congress (ANC) party are sold during a march organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to support the ruling ANC party in Durban, on 26 April 2014

From the outside it might seem like relatively minor stuff - scuffles and anger in South Africa's parliament, and defections and splits within a trades union federation.

But make no mistake - these are crucial, perhaps even momentous, times for South African politics.

Read full article What MPs' scuffles reveal about South Africa's democracy

Marikana massacre: Should police be charged with murder?

  • 14 November 2014
  • From the section Africa
A policeman fires at striking miners at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa on 16 August
The Marikana massacre is the most deadly police action since the end of white minority rule in 1994

South African police have been accused of deliberately "operating as a firing squad" when they killed 34 striking workers at the Marikana platinum mine in 2012. The claim comes from lawyers working for the judge whose long inquiry into the shootings ends on Friday.

"This was a paramilitary operation, with the aim of annihilating those who were perceived as the enemy," say the evidence leaders - lawyers working alongside Judge Ian Farlam - in their written submission to the commission.

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Ebola outbreak: Braving threats to bury Sierra Leone dead

  • 5 November 2014
  • From the section Africa
Mariatu Kagbo in Sierra Leone
Mariatu Kagbo volunteered to join the burial team to protect the dignity of women

As Mariatu Kagbo makes her way up the steep hillside from her family home and walks towards the main road, several people shout out "Ebola!"

At best, they mean it as a taunt.

Read full article Ebola outbreak: Braving threats to bury Sierra Leone dead

Ebola crisis:

  • 5 November 2014
  • From the section Africa
A burial team in Sierra Leone suits up in their protective gear
The burial teams in Sierra Leone face threats and sometimes violence

As Mariatu Kagbo makes her way up the steep hillside from her family home and walks towards the main road, several people shout out "Ebola!"

At best, they mean it as a taunt.

Read full article Ebola crisis:

Ebola crisis: A village fights back in Sierra Leone

  • 4 November 2014
  • From the section Africa

It is nothing much to look at - a derelict building in rural Sierra Leone surrounded by a couple of tents and a meandering maze of stick and plastic fences.

But this enclosure in a village called Gbantama, about four hours drive north of the capital, Freetown, is being hailed as a missing link in the huge, chaotic and often much too slow fight against Ebola.

Read full article Ebola crisis: A village fights back in Sierra Leone

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About Andrew

Andrew has been Africa correspondent since 2009, covering the continent's highs and lows - from the World Cup, Africa's economic boom, and the literary treasures of Timbuktu, to the pirates of Somalia, the conflict in Ivory Coast, and the struggles of Zimbabwe.

He has spent twenty years as a foreign correspondent, based in the former Soviet Union, Africa, and Asia, and reported on the 1993 parliamentary rebellion in Moscow, two Chechen wars, the Asian tsunami in 2004, and conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Congo, Sudan, Liberia and beyond.

Andrew was born in the UK, grew up in Belgium and at boarding school. He is married with three children.

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