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
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
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)
Krio: Make gady-glady (mek gladi-gladi)
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah
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.
Be patient, Abdul
Written and Illustrated Dolores Sandoval
New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1996.
Ages 6 to 9.
Music from Sierra Leone
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