Sierra Leone - Profile
- March 2016: Sierra Leone was finally declared Ebola-free on 7 November 2015 by the WHO. Sadly, another case was identified two months later, but at the time of writing there have been no more incidents.
- Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa, has some 400 km (249 mi) of Atlantic coastline. The coast has areas of low-lying Guinean mangroves swamp. The national capital Freetown sits on a coastal peninsula, situated next to the Sierra Leone Harbour, the world's third largest natural harbour.
- The country has a special significance in the history of the transatlantic slave trade as the departure point for thousands of west African captives. The capital, Freetown, was founded as a home for repatriated former slaves in 1787.
- In the 1970s, Sierra Leone was sold by high-street travel agents alongside Gambia as a blissful escape. However the outbreak of civil war in 1991 left the economy in tatters and Sierra Leone’s tourism industry destroyed.
- The civil war ended in 2002 with the help of Britain, the former colonial power, and a large United Nations peacekeeping mission.
- Sierra Leone is often described as a diamond in the rough as the country is also rich in diamonds and other minerals. The trade in illicit gems, known as "blood diamonds" for their role in funding conflicts, perpetuated the civil war.
Sierra Leone has a tropical climate with two seasons: the rainy season from May to November, and a dry season from December to May, which includes harmattan, when cool, dry winds blow in off the Sahara Desert and the night-time temperature can be as low as 16 °C (60.8 °F).
The average temperature is 26 °C (78.8 °F) and varies from around 26 to 36 °C (78.8 to 96.8 °F) during the year.
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