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Republic of Sierra Leone
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Location  Africa
Capital  Freetown
Area  71,740 sq km
Population  6,312,212
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  • Pujehun district in Sierra Leone has been declared Ebola-free, the first to be given the all-clear after 42 days with zero recorded cases of the virus, as reported on 11 January 2015.[1]

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  • After 11 years of fighting the Sierra Leone Civil War was finally declared over in 2002. On January 18, 2002 President Kabbah declared the civil war officially over.[2]

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  • MembaO, by Code for Sierra Leone, was named as one of recipients of the Code For Africa project grant on 2 February 2017 as part of its innovateAFRICA initiative.[3]

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  • National Minerals Agency of Sierra Leone on 21 February 2014 announced it had discovered a 153 carats diamond worth $6.2 million, declaring it one of the most precious finds of the past decade.

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  • Sierra Leone introduced free healthcare for pregnant and breast-feeding women and children under five on April 27, 2010. The continuation of this scheme depends on the foreign donors.[4]
  • Independence Day of Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.

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  • Aminatta Forna won the prestigious Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Best Book - Africa), representing Sierra Leone, in 2011 for her novel “The Memory of Love”. The novel deals the aftermath of the civil war in which hundreds of thousands of Sierra Leoneans were killed, injured or forced to take refuge in neighboring Guinea or Liberia.[5]

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  • Philip Cole of Sierra Leone received the Queen's Young Leaders Award on 22 June 2015 from Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth for his support to vulnerable young people.[6]

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  • Brima Manso Bangura from Sierra Leone, an inventor, solving problems in his community through entrepreneurship, received a Queen’s Young Leaders award at a ceremony held at the Buckingham Palace, in London on 26 June 2018.[7]

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  • Kumba Musa and Salton Massally of Sierra Leone received the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards for their respective initiatives with technology.

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  • Sierra Leone signed a medical aid agreement with China on 16 August 2016 aimed at attaining medical aid in maternal health care and eye surgery to Sierra Leone.[8]

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  • Sierra Leone ranked as the 12th most generous nation in the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) 2017 World Giving Index. The index measures the average percentage of people in each country who donate money, volunteer or help a stranger.[9]

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  • The Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea fetched much needed $130 million in immediate aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 26 September 2014.[10]

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  • The UN Security Council lifted the last remaining sanctions against Sierra Leone on 29 September 2010, eight years after the end of a bloody civil war.

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  • The World Health Organization declared Sierra Leone free from Ebola transmissions on 7 November 2015 as 42 days have passed with no new cases reported.[11]

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  • Sierra Leone was elected on the United Nations Human Rights Council on 12 November 2012 for a three-year term. The council was created by the UN General Assembly in 2006 as the main human rights body of the UN.

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