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Environmental policies and protection are not at the forefront of people’s minds, which is shown in the destruction of the country’s environment.1 70% of the land was covered with forests only a century ago, but now because of commercial logging and subsistence farming, only 5% remains.1

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Sierra Leone News

NPR 
Sierra Leone, a country that has been battered by Ebola, civil war and massive floods, suffered yet another tragedy this week. Government and international aid workers are racing the clock to find survivors after a mudslide struck capital city Freetown ... See more..
New York Times 
DAKAR, Senegal — The bodies floated down the streets and piled up at the morgue, where the coroners struggled to find room for all of the dead. An already devastating flood the day before produced even more anguish on Tuesday in Sierra Leone as ... See more..
NPR 
Rescue workers on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, are rushing to find survivors a day after heavy rains caused a mountainside to partially collapse Monday morning, engulfing homes and killing hundreds. The morgue in Freetown has ... See more..
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NPR 
President Trump on Tuesday again refused to single out white supremacists for violence in Charlottesville. Also, Robbie Whelan of The Wall Street Journal discusses plans to renegotiate NAFTA. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: And I think it's fair to say President ... See more..
New York Times 
President Trump speaking to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan on Tuesday. Talking about the removal of Confederate monuments, he said, “I wonder, is it George Washington next week?” Early this morning, the city of Baltimore took down ... See more..
ABC Online 
Fatmata Kamara had just stepped outside her house before dawn on Monday when she saw the muddy hillside collapsing above her. Key points: Nearly 400 bodies have been recovered; Aid agencies estimate up to 600 still missing; Survivors describe ... See more..
New York Times 
The West African nation of Sierra Leone is grappling with the aftermath of flooding and mudslides that killed hundreds of people in Freetown, the capital. Red Cross said that 600 people were still missing and many residents were digging in the mud in ... See more..
BBC Sport 
A Fifa task-force is set to meet in mid-September to address the issues, and Fifa says it is still "committed to working with the Sierra Leone government, the SLFA and all goodwill organs (notably the National Sports Council) to bring sanity to ... See more..
Reuters 
FREETOWN (Reuters) - Rescue workers have uncovered nearly 400 bodies so far from a mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, its chief coroner Seneh Dumbuya told Reuters on Tuesday. He said that he expected at least 500 bodies to ... See more..
USA TODAY 
The death toll from massive flooding in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown climbed to 312 on Aug. 14, 2017, the local Red Cross told AFP. Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi told AFP the toll could rise further as his team continued to survey ... See more..
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Geography

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Liberia
Area

Total 71,740 sq km
Land 71,620 sq km
Water 120 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid; summer rainy season (May to December); winter dry season (December to April)
Natural Resources

diamonds, titanium ore, bauxite, iron ore, gold, chromite ;
Natural Hazards

dry, sand-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara (December to February); sandstorms, dust storms
Current Environmental Issues

rapid population growth pressuring the environment; overharvesting of timber, expansion of cattle grazing, and slash-and-burn agriculture have resulted in deforestation and soil exhaustion; civil war depleted natural resources; overfishing

Demographics

Nationality
Sierra Leonean
Population
5,612,685 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Sierra Leone is an extremely poor nation with tremendous inequality in income distribution. While it possesses substantial mineral, agricultural, and fishery resources, its physical and social infrastructure has yet to recover from the civil war, and serious social disorders continue to hamper economic development. Nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence agriculture. Manufacturing consists mainly of the processing of raw materials and of light manufacturing for the domestic market. Alluvial diamond mining remains the major source of hard currency earnings, accounting for nearly half of Sierra Leone's exports. The fate of the economy depends upon the maintenance of ...See More domestic peace and the continued receipt of substantial aid from abroad, which is essential to offset the severe trade imbalance and supplement government revenues. The IMF completed a Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility program that helped stabilize economic growth and reduce inflation and in 2010 approved a new program worth $45 million over three years. Political stability has led to a revival of economic activity such as the rehabilitation of bauxite and rutile mining, which are set to benefit from planned tax incentives. A number of offshore oil discoveries were announced in 2009 and 2010. The development on these reserves, which could be significant, is still several years away, however, growth skyrocketed to more than 20% in 2012, as exploitation activities began. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$8.412 billion (2012 est.); $7.023 billion (2011 est.); $6.625 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

19.1% of GDP (2012 est.); -1% of GDP (2011 est.); -1.3% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

rice, coffee, cocoa, palm kernels, palm oil, peanuts; poultry, cattle, sheep, pigs; fish
Industries

diamond mining; small-scale manufacturing (beverages, textiles, cigarettes, footwear); petroleum refining, small commercial ship repair