Area: 71,740 sq km
Small coastal state between Guinea and Liberia.
Population: 5,835,664 Annual Growth: 2.70%
Official language: English. Trade language Krio (Creole), spoken by 10% of the population as first language and 90% as second Languages: 26 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Christian ministries are actively involved in rebuilding the country. Most organizations are engaged in holistic ministry to meet the spiritual, physical and psychological/emotional needs of the people. This approach is most appropriate and sees notable fruit on all levels.
Sierra Leone remains a land of suffering. The people are still mired in desperate poverty, most surviving on less than a dollar a day. It has ranked as the worlds poorest country for most of the last 10 years. With the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world and widespread disease (malaria, HIV, others), life expectancy is age 47 and not rising. Much work remains to ease the suffering of these who have already endured so much. Pray for more attention from the worldwide community especially from Christians to address these needs.
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