The day the mountain fell: Sierra Leone’s mudslide

Paul Glynn filming at Sugarloaf Mountain in Regent, Sierra Leone

Paul Glynn (on camera) filming at Sugarloaf Mountain in Regent, Sierra Leone, the site of the landslide. [Al Jazeera]

I first became aware of the environmental crisis facing Freetown while living there in the summer of 2006. That year, the rains that usually begin towards the end of April came late. As May became June, Sierra Leone’s government began to ration drinking water from the Guma Dam, the primary water source for the capital. By…

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