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.
According to 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.
- Abbreviation Finder: Check to see how the 3-letter abbreviation of SLE stands for the nation of Sierra Leone in geography.
Sierra Leone’s foreign policy
According to thereligionfaqs, 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, primarily Liberia.
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 significant donor.