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St Helena gets first female governor – after 359 years

Lisa Phillips is to be the first female governor of St Helena since the job was first created more than 350 years ago, in 1657. She also becomes non-resident governor of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Her appointment will have come as no surprise to social media users or readers of the St Helena Independent. …

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Wass editorial

(This editorial appeared in the St Helena Independent).  There are 307 pages of the Wass Report, and only one good joke. It’s on page 42, where Governor Capes explains why he was sent to St Helena: “…they needed someone who knew about Overseas Territories and how to get things done. My nickname was The Enforcer.” …

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Alleged illegal sterilisation of mother shocks inquiry team

A mother is alleged to have been illegally sterilised while giving birth at Jamestown Hospital, the Wass Inquiry reveals. It says she was delivering her child by Caesarean section when she was sterilised “without her prior knowledge or consent” by the doctor looking after her. “This is a shocking allegation which, if true, would constitute …

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Charity chief rejects criticism of report that sparked scandal

Experts at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation have expressed surprise at the Wass Inquiry’s finding that sex abuse on St Helena is very limited. “It is typically the case that… reported cases are but the tip of the iceberg,” says the abuse charity’s director of research, Donald Findlater. “The inquiry panel appears not to even acknowledge this …

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Island’s accuser ‘should never have been given job’

Claire Gannon should never have been employed to run St Helena’s badly neglected social services department, the Wass Inquiry has found. When the job went badly wrong she went to the media with allegations of corruption and widespread abuse. The Wass report says she had not been involved in front-line social work “for some considerable …

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