Friday, March 27, 2009

Video: Food prices double in Sierra Leone

The above video accompanies an article written about Fatu's struggle to provide food in Sierra Leone. Telegraph writer Jessica Salter gives us some background on the conditions of the country.

Sierra Leone is officially the worst place in the world for a child to be born. One in four children die before their fifth birthday and one in three children under five are moderately or severely underweight.

The country was devastated by the civil war which wracked the country from 1991-2002. Tens of thousands of people died in the conflict and more than one-third of the 6m population was displaced.

Kroo Bay, where more than 5,000 people live crammed together in flimsy tin-roofed huts, is built on mounds of rubbish and the area is regularly flooded bringing in deadly diseases.

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