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Sierra Leone ProfileFull Name: Republic of Sierra
LeonePopulation: 5.7 million (2009)Capital: FreetownMajor
Languages: English, Krio, and various African languages.Major
Religions: Islam and ChristianityMonetary Unit: LeoneMajor Exports:
Diamonds, Rutile, Cocoa, Coffee, and Fish
History of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone: Name means Lion
Mountains1462: Portuguese explorers arrive in Sierra Leone, which
was also already occupied by several African tribes that had
migrated to the area.1500s-1700s: Traders stopped in Sierra Leone
to exchange cloth and metal goods for ivory, timber, and slaves.
*Abolitionists later help slaves return to Africa in what is now
the Province of Freedom or Freetown in Sierra Leone. They came to
be called Krio.
History of Sierra Leone 1808: Sierra Leone became a British
crown colony1839: Slaves aboard the Amistad revolt to secure their
freedom. Their leader is Sengbe Pieh (Joseph Cinque), a young Mende
from Sierra Leone.1951: A constitution is enacted by the British to
begin the process of decolonization (or when a colony becomes
self-governing)April 27, 1961: Sierra Leone becomes independent
with Sir Milton Margai as its first prime minister. Sengbe Pieh
(Joseph Cinque)Sir Milton Margai
History of Sierra Leone1971: Sierra Leone was declared a
republic, and Siaka Stevens became executive president.1978: Sierra
Leone became a one-party state with the All Peoples Congress as the
sole legal party.1985: Stevens retired and appointed Major General
Joseph Saidu Momoh the next president. Momohs APC rule was marked
by increased abuse of power.Siaka Stevens
Civil War in Sierra LeoneMarch 1991: The Revolutionary United
Front (RUF) began attacking villages in eastern Sierra Leone.
*Goal: To rid the country of the APC government* Rebel leader:
Foday SankohApril 1992: The National Provisional Ruling Council
(NPRC) was established, but it proved to be as ineffective as the
APC at repelling the RUF. 1995: The RUF held much of the
countryside in their control.
Civil War in Sierra Leone1996-2000: Sierra Leone tries various
campaigns to stop the RUF, including signing a peace deal in 1996
that unraveled in 1997.1999: The United Nations finally became
involved in the effort to disarm the rebels2001: A second peace
agreement was signed that allowed disarmament to begin as the
government regained authority in rebel-held areas.January 2002:
President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah (elected in 1996) declared the civil
war officially over.
Recovery in Sierra Leone2002: British troops left Sierra Leone
and President Kabbah is reelected. Summer 2002: A Sierra Leone
Special Court begins holding a series of war crimes trials that
lasted until 2006. 2003: Rebel leader Foday Sankoh died.Many child
soldiers, like Ishmael Beah, also had to begin a personal healing
process to restore their sense of humanity and to forgive
Ishmael BeahAt 15, UNICEF removed Beah from fighting and helped
him begin rehabilitating.In 1998 he moved to the U.S. and finished
high school. He graduated from Oberlin College in 2004.He is a
member of the Human Rights Watch Childrens Rights Division Advisory
Committee and speaks on behalf of children affected by war.He began
the Ishmael Beah Foundation to help former child soldiers.
The Diamond Trade in Sierra LeoneDuring the civil war in Sierra
Leone, people who purchased diamonds in the West unknowingly funded
the mission of Foday Sankoh and the RUF These diamonds came to be
known as blood diamonds or conflict diamondsThese diamonds were
specifically mined in war zones of Africa to fund the invading
armys efforts.Liberia would trade weapons and training to Sierra
Leone in exchange of their diamonds.
Kimberley Process Certification Scheme Created in 2002 to
control the flow blood diamonds.A Kimberley Certification must be
presented by a gems owner before it can leave the country.This
forces the government to keep track of the diamonds they are
importing and exporting and their value.
Blood Diamonds in the U.S.Executive Order 13194 ( Jan 2001) and
13213 (May 2001) specifically ban the importation of rough diamonds
from Sierra Leone and Liberia. Clean Diamond Trade Act (2003): U.S.
recognizes that as a major consumer of diamonds, it has a
responsibility to severe its ties to any diamond trade that funds
war and conflict.This was crucial to the success of the KPCS.