Sierra Leone Since the Fair

Pavilion and Map

SOURCE: Wikipedia

Sierra Leone came to the Fair with all of the pride, hope and confidence of a new nation, typical of a number of newly independent African states who were participating in their first international exposition by exhibiting at the New York World's Fair. Sadly, the story of Sierra Leone since 1964 has been a tragic one.

Political instability over the following decades, in which the country wavered between civilian and military rule, eventually led to the Sierra Leone Civil War that began in 1991 and was resolved with the assistance of United Nations Peacekeeping Forces in 2002. Since then, almost 72,500 former combatants have disarmed and the country has reestablished a functioning democracy. The Special Court for Sierra Leone was set up in 2002 to deal with war crimes and crimes against humanity committed since 1996.

As of 2008, Sierra Leone is the lowest ranked country on the Human Development Index and seventh lowest on the Human Poverty Index, suffering from endemic corruption, suppression of the press and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.