Sierra Leone: Former Head of State Sinks into Poverty
Valentine Strasser, the young army officer who seized power in 1992, now lives with his mother in a slum in Freetown and is reported to be very depressed as he turns to drinking.
Unemployed youths in Freetown (file photo).
Former President Stripped of All Power Trappings
Monitor, 19 February 2012
Once upon a time, there was a 25-year-old Valentine Esegragbo Melvine Strasser, who took power in Sierra Leone in 1992. He became the world's youngest head of state and was… Read more »
Beyond Borders - From President to Potential Prisoner
Concord, 29 August 2011
Although Sierra Leone has not yet produced a president or head of state who has ended up becoming a prisoner, you may agree with me that we have come very close to producing one.… Read more »
Political Wavelength Trivialising the TRC Report, a Dangerous Political Game!
Concord, 8 September 2011
The brutal civil conflicts in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Apartheid South Africa, Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, to name but a few, adversely affected every facet of society; and in… Read more »
Why Leave Maada Bio Alone?
Concord, 1 September 2011
One of the most essential ingredients of post-conflict arrangements and peace accords is putting in place measures to avoid the re-occurrence of war in the future. Read more »
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