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Alors que la 🇨🇭#Suisse est toujours à la recherche de son/sa prochain/e Procureur/e général/e, qui mènera notamment la politique pénale en matière de crimes internationaux, il est important de rappeler à quel point la Suisse est à la traîne dans ce domaine.
Une récente interpellation parlementaire de @roduitbenjamin a débouché sur une réponse sous forme de pure langue de bois.
À la question par exemple de savoir combien de procureurs travaillaient sur les crimes internationaux, les autorités fédérales...
...n’ont même pas daigner donner un chiffre!
En comparaison européenne toutefois, il convient de rappeler que:
➡️ en 🇸🇪#Suède, l'unité des crimes internationaux dispose de plus de 30 collaborateurs. Et réussit à enquêter sur plus de 50 dossiers!
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After the historic verdict rendered yesterday in 🇩🇪#Germany, it is essential to remember that such judgments do not pop out of nowhere. To get there you need to have:
➡️ A solid legal framework enacted by parliament
➡️ Specialised #warcrimes units (investigators & prosecutors), endowed with sufficient resources
➡️ NGOs with the capacity to investigate, file complaints and/or support and represent victims
➡️ Courageous victims, sometimes ready to take significant risks as they step forward
➡️ A procedure fully respecting the rights of the accused and a fair trial that will legitimise the process and the verdict, whatever the outcome.

With respect to the war crimes units, proactive approaches do yield results.
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Between, #Trump, #COVID19 and other disasters, it has been all to easy to miss the series of climate catastrophes that accumulated around the world in 2020.

It is a shocking list 👇 that most missed in the noise

Please keep #ClimateAction in the forefront - for food, for life
"One clear reason for the phenomenon's intensification is the climate crisis'

"The climate crisis is already hurting Israeli agriculture. The various climatic effects are becoming more powerful & unpredictable"

#Israel #FoodForThought #FarmingTwitter
Ukraine- 'lost 570,000 ha of winter crops due to prolonged droughts & unusually intense spring frosts. Further droughts during the spring & summer seasons resulted in additional losses including 200,000 ha of corn & lower crop yields across the country'
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Why is Shwen Shwen ginger beer called Nomoli?

We named our Ginger Beer after Nomoli tribal figurines, the bearers of good health, our zingy ginger beer is inspired by a traditional Sierra Leonean recipe. We’ve bottled it with our own interpretation, of course.
Nomoli figurines are stone sculptures found in Southern Sierra Leone. Nomoli tribal figurines were thought to be bearers of good health, and they often have color very similar to our beloved root ginger, used for making Sierra Leonean fiery ginger beer.
Ginger has so many health benefits and It is of course the perfect hangover remedy for the morning after the night before and packed full of vitamins to keep your immune system strong.
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On now #ResponsibleMining #SDGs via @UDelaware @saleem_ali @PactWorld @RMF_foundation @CCSI_Columbia with +1000 strong community of practice on the webinar 👏🏽👏🏽
.@ECA_OFFICIAL's Antonio Pedro notes that in #COVID context, discussion on #ASM, #SDGs cannot afford to be neglected.
.@J_McQuilken from @PactWorld Mines to Market program speaks to #ASM impact on #SDGs 2,3 & 6. #Nutrition & Healthy Lives.
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It breaks my heart this morning to heart awful news of the passing of my friend and colleague Dr. Peter George from #COVID19. I had the honor of working with him while I was Medical Director of an #ETU in #SierraLeone during the 2014 #Ebola outbreak.…
He was a kind man who worked tirelessly to care for his patients and staff. I will always remember his humanity, kindness, and smile. We had kept in touch over the years and he had asked me to return to #Salone but I had been unable to.
Let his passing be a reminder to cherish the here and now. None of us know if we are guaranteed a tomorrow and if #COVID19 has done anything, it has made us have to confront that reality in a much more realistic way than ever before.
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The way the deaths are reported will obscure the facts.

Most of the reported #Covid19 deaths are not dying because their lungs fail and they are on ventilators.

The person who died in Kenema died from a botched operation. Yes Covid positive but not the virus that killed them.
In other places people are dying from Covid because they can’t breathe.

Here people are dying from lack of medication for basic things and other healthcare issues successive govts have failed to address.

With or without the virus these people were going to die.
That’s why they keep saying all cases of #Covid19 are stable.

They are!

These deaths are people who are victims of years of apathy and disregard to health care by Ministry of Health, Central Medical Stores to Hospital Admins folks
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Learning from the Italy experience; this is why a country like #SierraLeone 🇸🇱 can’t afford an index case of #COVID19


1) Sierra Leone 🇸🇱 doesn’t have the clinical capacity to deal with #COVID19. Early evidence suggests 10-20% of patients would require ICU admission & 29% developed ARDS. @TweetPaddy had posed this question:
2) In Lombardy 🇮🇹 for instance, the precrisis total ICU capacity was approx. 720 beds (2.9% of total hospital beds at a total of 74 hospitals). We don’t even have a quarter of that number!
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It's been one of those weeks & I was reminded of a poem I wrote a few years ago: Even in the storm. See thread.

"Life has its ups and downs. It's a rollercoaster ride.
Storms come and go. Some are big. Some are small.
Some pass quickly. Some last longer than we hope..."
"...Rather than waiting out the storm, often it's best to learn to dance in it. Try to make the most of life. Even in the storm, there are moments of joy. Even in the storm, there are memories to cherish. Even in the storm, you can count your blessings..."
"...Even in the storm, there are things to be thankful for.
It's time to learn to dance."

©Sandra Lako 2017

#eveninthestorm #learntodance #joy #grace #thankfulness #sierraleone #SaloneTwitter #rollercoaster #byHisgrace

Quote in photo by Vivian Greene
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About 60% of newly emerged & re-emerging pathogens share a common origin: #animals. When we cut down the forests where they live, they roost in our backyards & farms instead. #OneHealth @dirgarambe @mdkimhsdubai @Virologist_11
@dirgarambe @mdkimhsdubai @Virologist_11 #Marburg #virus 1970s-80s: cases in #SouthAfrica & #Kenya. 1998: 2nd biggest outbreak - 154 cases in the #DRCongo. 2005: biggest outbreak - #Angola with 374 cases with 329 deaths (fatality rate: 88%). 2017: outbreak in #Uganda contained through early detection & response.
@dirgarambe @mdkimhsdubai @Virologist_11 #Ebola #virus 2014–16: #outbreak started in #Guinea & moved to #SierraLeone #Liberia - largest since the virus was first discovered in 1976. Current 2018-19 outbreak in eastern #DRCongo (#Zaire species) - highly complex, with insecurity adversely affecting #publichealth response.
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It's 12:11 but still no @UN_Spokesperson @StephDujarric "noon" briefing, scheduled to end by 12:30 for Russian DPR. Banned Inner City Press has submitted 17 questions this morning, on China and Cameroon and corruption, none answered - thread
@UN_Spokesperson @StephDujarric @FUNCA_info @MatthewLeeICP @silas_atefor @AdamShawNY @simonateba @SaraCarterDC Banned Inner City Press has asked On #HongKong what are the SG's comments and actions if any on the detention of Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, Andy Chan, Althea Suen, Cheng Chung-tai and others, amid crackdown on planned protest against extradition law changes, etc?
@UN_Spokesperson @StephDujarric @FUNCA_info @MatthewLeeICP @silas_atefor @AdamShawNY @simonateba @SaraCarterDC @rthk_enews @hongkonginforme @HongKongdaily Programming note: doing UN noon briefing today is *not* @StephDujarric, or even his Deputy Farhan Haq (also way). Dujarric has not answered even 1 of ICP's Qs this week, even on UN sex abuse. Will Assistant Spox Florencia Soto Nino-Martinez? ICP has an open mind
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When I tweeted about my many research trips to #SierraLeone over last 15 years I was challenged to explain why it was good for a UK citizen to study poverty in a poor African country. Would I encourage developing country scholars to study US/UK?
This qu deserves a thread (1/n)
My moral conviction is that we should seek to do the most good we can for the most people. I dont think I owe more to those in the country where I happened to be born or where I currently live than I do to anyone else in the world. (2/n)
My religion teaches me I should seek to repair the world, not my country, but the world. Everything else equal that suggests I, and others who think like me, should work on the biggest problems and in support of those in most need.
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The Gullah: Rice, Slavery, and the Sierra Leone-American Connection

“The #Gullah are directly descended from the slaves who labored on the rice plantations, and their language reflects significant influences from #SierraLeone and the surrounding area.”…
They speak a creole language similar to Sierra Leone Krio, use African names, tell African folktales, make African-style handicrafts such as baskets and carved walking sticks, and enjoy a rich cuisine based primarily on rice.
The Gullah Geechee people are the descendants of Central and West Africans who came from different ethnic and social groups.

They were enslaved together on the isolated sea and barrier islands that span what is now designated as the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.
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So, that long-promised lowdown on rice and slavery. There's a couple of things to understand from the off: "jollof wars" might be playful but they indicate a long West African history with rice.
That history also means that industrial head hunting actually began during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Rice has been cultivated in West Africa for centuries although the variety native to the region was not considered to have high yields.
Soon, the WA strains were largely replaced with Asian oryza sativa strains and is now mainly cultivated in Nigeria, Mali, Sierra Leone and along the Ghana-Togo border. Locals continue to cultivate it because they consider the native rice more filling and sweeter... (call break..)
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Our new working paper "Skills vs voice" is out with Casey @tedmiguel & Voors.

We examine how well communities are able to harness the huge investments in human capital seen across much of Africa in last 20 yrs, using 2 RCTs in #SierraLeone.
Traditional chiefs & elders who have substantial power in #SierraLeone & elsewhere are unaccountable & unrepresentative. They are also old & much so less educated than others in community.

When faced with real life challenge, can they harness that skill for community's benefit?
We find that when offered chance to win dev funds by writing grant proposal they fail to utilize the community's writing and budgeting skills.

In contrast, a simple test that reveals who has these skills and strong nudge to select them as manager produces better proposals.
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