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Democracy is slowly being reestablished after the civil war from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about a third of the population). The military, which took over full responsibility for security following the departure of UN peacekeepers at the end of 2005, is increasingly developing as a guarantor of the country's stability. The armed forces remained on the sideline during the 2007 presidential election but still look to the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) - a civilian UN mission - to support efforts to consolidate peace. The new government's priorities include furthering development, creating jobs, and stamping out endemic corruption.


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Communications

Telephones - main lines in use World Ranking: 197
14,000 (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular World Ranking: 137
2 million (2009)

Telephone system
General assessment
Marginal telephone service with poor infrastructure
Domestic
The national microwave radio relay trunk system connects Freetown to Bo and Kenema; while mobile-cellular service is growing rapidly from a small base, service area coverage remains limited
International
Country code - 232; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2008)

Broadcast media
1 government-owned TV station; 1 private TV station began operating in 2005; a pay-TV service began operations in late 2007; 1 government-owned national radio station; about two dozen private radio stations primarily clustered in major cities; transmissions of several international broadcasters are available (2007)

Internet country code
.sl

Internet hosts World Ranking: 192
280 (2010)

Internet users World Ranking: 198
14,900 (2009)


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  Sierra Leone (Freetown):


  GPS points from Sierra Leone (Freetown)

Pampanko Northern Province

Jaluahun Southern Province

Pehala Southern Province

Mawaloko Northern Province

Kawono Northern Province

Bugami Northern Province

Matsetle Northern Province

Kpeima Eastern Province




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