Sierra Leone needs sustained support to recover from war

Sierra Leone has made a remarkable recovery in the nine years since the civil war ended, but it will continue to require international attention and support.

That’s the assessment of the head of the UN political mission in the country, Michael von der Schulenburg.

He told the Security Council that popular uprisings in Northern Africa and the Middle East, as well as Sierra Leone’s forthcoming elections pose a risk to the fragile gains made.

“Sierra Leone is on track towards achieving these goals, but it is not yet out of the woods. It will therefore continue to require international attention and support. In Sierra Leone, it was also the disillusioned youth that initially rose up against years of successive authoritarian and unaccountable governments, against the plunder of its natural resources and against corruption that benefited a small elite while much of the country was sliding into widespread poverty.”

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