Sierra Leone Border Map

Yearbook 2003

Sierra Leone. Following a raid against an armistice in the capital Freetown in January, some 40 people were arrested. But the man who was suspected of lying behind the attack, former junta leader Johnny Paul Koroma, escaped and managed to leave the country. According to Countryaah.com, Sierra Leone Independence Day is April 27. In March, Koroma was indicted in his absence when the UN-backed Special Crimes Tribunal in Sierra Leone began its operations. Among the other defendants in the first round were the leader of the RUF militia, Foday Sankoh, the supreme responsible for the outbreak of the civil war, and three of his commanders as well as Interior Minister Sam Hinga Norman. He was, during the war, the leader of the Kama Jormilis, who stood on the side of the legal government but was accused of almost as much brutality as the RUF.

Economy

Inflation rate 18.20%
Unemployment rate 15%
Gross domestic product (GDP) $ 11,550,000,000
GDP growth rate 3.70%
GDP per capita 1,600 USD
GDP by sector
Agriculture 60.70%
Industry 6.50%
Service 32.90%
State budget
Revenue 96 million
Expenditure 351 million
Proportion of the population below the national poverty line 70.2%
Distribution of household income
Top 10% 33.6
Lower 10% 2.6
Industrial production growth rate 14.00%
Investment volume
National debt 63.90% of GDP
Foreign exchange reserves
Tourism 2014
Number of visitors 44,000
Revenue $ 35,000,000

Sierra Leone Border Map

Later, charges were also brought against Liberian President Charles Taylor, who has long been identified as deeply involved in the war in Sierra Leone. Although Taylor was forced to resign in August, however, he escaped being extradited. After a couple of initial interrogations with Foday Sankoh, the War Criminal Tribunal decided that he had to undergo both medical examination and mental examination before the process could continue. At the end of July, Sankoh died before the trial started. From Liberia, reports had previously been received that both the wanted Johnny Paul Koroma and the accused RUF commander Sam Bockarie had been killed in battle.

In August, former President Joseph Saidu Momoh also passed away. Dictatorship and misconduct during his tenure in 1985–92 were among the factors that triggered the Civil War. After more than a year of preparation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission began its work in April. For three months, hundreds of people testified about abuse they have been exposed to or participated in during the war of ten years. The Commission report was to be presented in January 2004.

UN peacekeeping force UNAMSIL will remain for the time being but will gradually be reduced. From 17,000 people, the force should have shrunk to 5,000 in October 2004.

Republic of Sierra Leone Brief Guide

According to AbbreviationFinder, Sierra Leone is a state in West Africa on the Atlantic coast. The country is surrounded by Guinea to the north and Liberia to the southeast.

The state takes its name from the coastal Lion Mountains (esp. Sierra Leone). Thousands of slaves were once taken from Sierra Leone across the Atlantic, and liberated slaves founded its capital, Freetown, in 1787.

The country is slowly recovering from a decade of civil war. The UN lifted sanctions against Sierra Leone in autumn 2010.