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The rapid spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone triggered a humanitarian crisis on a massive scale.
During the spring of 2014, Sierra Leone was one of the countries most badly affected by the Ebola epidemic. The virus infected more than 14,000 people in Sierra Leone, of whom around 4,000 have died (according to the World Health Organisation). The country was declared Ebola-free in the spring of 2016.
Despite its extensive natural resources and huge potential for agricultural development, Sierra Leone remains one of the world’s poorest countries. The people of Sierra Leone are attempting to rebuild their country following the devastation of a war that raged from 1991 to 2000, leaving thousands of people maimed by the loss of an arm or leg. The psychological suffering inflicted by such violence is still strikingly evident even today.
More than half the population live in extreme poverty, and the Ebola epidemic has further exacerbated this situation.