Background: The 1991 to 2002 civil war between the government and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about one-third of the population), many of whom are now refugees in neighboring countries. With the support of the UN peacekeeping force and contributions from the World Bank and international community, demobilization and disarmament of the RUF and Civil Defense Forces (CDF) combatants has been completed. National elections were held in May 2002 and the government continues to slowly reestablish its authority. However, the gradual withdrawal of most UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) peacekeepers in 2004 and early 2005, deteriorating political and economic conditions in Guinea, and the tenuous security situation in neighboring Liberia may present challenges to the continuation of Sierra Leone's stability.
Blogs from Sierra Leone
Latest Blogs from Sierra Leone
- September 24th 2013 The Physio Department
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- September 23rd 2013 Leaving Masanga
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- August 18th 2013 White wine, wet wipes and an unashamed request for help
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- July 17th 2013 Witchguns and the wet season
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- July 8th 2013 Heading north
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- July 1st 2013 Hidden Treasure
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- June 27th 2013 The Carbon Era
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- June 20th 2013 Rainforest Schools
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- June 8th 2013 Mango mania
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- May 21st 2013 Week 9 - talking to the President...
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- May 18th 2013 Masanga Hospital eventually
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- May 17th 2013 Week 8 - Meeting the President!
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- May 13th 2013 Week 7.... including more beach pigs!
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- May 5th 2013 The long and bump road
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- April 30th 2013 Bringing communities together
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- April 29th 2013 HE The President, Buzz Lightyear and Danny DeVito... what more would you want out of Sierra Leone!?
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- April 17th 2013 'Di waves, dem mak you feel fine'
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- April 10th 2013 A good excuse for a party
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- April 10th 2013 My birthday, Easter & more beach pigs!
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- April 10th 2013 Weekend getaway to wildlife sanctuary
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