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Sierra Leone 2011

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone


Republic of Sierra Leone
In Western Africa, coastal belt of mangrove swamps, wooded hill country, upland plateau, mountains in east. 71,740 km2 (slightly < SC), 8% arable.

Capital Freetown (pop est. 837K)

Population 5.1M (71.1/km2)

Life expectancy 55 years

HIV/AIDS >1.7%

Literacy 35%

Lang(s) English (official), Mende, Temne, Crio

Religions Muslim 60%, Christian 10%, Indigenous beliefs 30%

Ethnic Groups Temne 30%, Mende 30%, other 30%, Creole 10%

Gov’t Constitutional Democracy

GDP/cap $900

PCVs 1962-1992; 1992-1994; 2010, agriculture, education, health (Volunteers in country: To be determined; total to date: 3,479)

Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 27 April (1961)

Adult Books

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah

Paperback: 229 pages
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books; 1st edition (August 5, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0374531263

Book Description
This absorbing account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone's civil war goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare.

Kids' Books

Be patient, Abdul
Written and Illustrated Dolores Sandoval

Format: Library Binding
ISBN: 978-0689506079
Age Range: 6–9 years
Publisher: New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1996


Film: Fatal Birth
Director: David Shoo (2009)


Emerson (Album: Borbor Belle): Music from Sierra Leone

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Krio: Make gady-glady (mek gladi-gladi)

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