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Sierra Leone Country Profile

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Sierra Leone at a Glance

Location:Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Liberia
Climate:tropical; hot, humid; summer rainy season (May to December); winter dry season (December to April)
Terrain:coastal belt of mangrove swamps, wooded hill country, upland plateau, mountains in east
Resources:diamonds, titanium ore, bauxite, iron ore, gold, chromite
Hazards:dry, sand-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara (December to February); sandstorms, dust storms
Population:6,440,053 (July 2009 est.)




A Brief Profile of Sierra Leone

Democracy is slowly being reestablished after the civil war from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about one-third of the population). The military, which took over full responsibility for security following the departure of UN peacekeepers at the end of 2005, is increasingly developing as a guarantor of the country's stability. The armed forces remained on the sideline during the 2007 presidential election, but still look to the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) - a civilian UN mission - to support efforts to consolidate peace. The new government's priorities include furthering development, creating jobs, and stamping out endemic corruption.






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