Sierra Leone is a country of great beauty and great poverty. I travelled there in 2011 for 10 days where I experienced this firsthand.
In the rural areas, you are met with beautiful scenes as depicted in the pictures below.
But the capital Freetown is squalid, dirty, overcrowded and the people live in unsanitary, unsafe conditions. (Click Clare Keogh link for those images)
Extract from Irish Examiner article:
IT IS eerily quiet in the gloomy wards of the Princess Christian maternity hospital in the heart of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown.
There are no crying babies or proud new mothers, and far from being a vibrant bustling place, there is a melancholy air.
Long empty corridors lead to basic and unsanitary delivery suites and wards where worried women lie in wait.
PDF here: Sierra Leone
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