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Country Fast Facts: Sierra Leone

































Sierra Leone



























(CBS)

The government is slowly reestablishing its authority after the civil war from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about one-third of the population).



The last UN peacekeepers withdrew in December 2005 leaving full responsibility for security with domestic forces.



A new civilian UN mission - the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) - was established to support the government's efforts to consolidate peace.



The most pressing long-term threat to stability in Sierra Leone is the potential for political insecurity surrounding elections in July 2007.



Source: CIA World Fact Book