Sierra Leone. In January, a woman died of Ebola fever,
the disease that hit Sierra Leone so badly during 2014-15.
However, the death was not the beginning of a new epidemic,
but in March the World Health Organization (WHO) declared
that the short-term outbreak was over. WHO, in its
statement, praised the Sierra Leone authorities for its
swift and timely intervention in January.
countryaah, the current population of Sierra Leone is 7,976,994.
The proposal for a new abortion law that Parliament voted
in December 2015 met strong opposition from both Christian
and Muslim leaders in the country. President Ernest Bai
Koroma therefore chose not to sign the proposal. In January,
he first sent it back to Parliament for review and in March
he forwarded the matter to the commission tasked with
reviewing the country's constitution. Under the old abortion
law of 1861, abortion is only allowed if the mother's life
is in danger.
Sierra Leone's foreign policy
Sierra Leone has played an active role in regional and
continental cooperation, including through the West African
States Economic Community (ECOWAS) and Mano River Union. In
the 1990s, the country's relationship with neighboring
countries was strongly influenced by the civil war
(1991–2002), which involved several states in the region,
Insurgent groups in Liberia were accused of operating in
and out of Sierra Leone, as well as supporting the Sierra
Leonean RUF guerrilla. A rebel group from Guinea also set up
bases along the border, partly inside Sierra Leone, while
several members of ECOWAS sent soldiers to the ECOMOG
peacekeeping force, above all Nigeria. Alongside Liberia,
both Burkina Faso and Libya supported the rebels.
Sierra Leone has maintained close relations with the
former colonial power of the United Kingdom, which is a