Sierra Leone

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The ancestors of the Bulom, Nalou, Baga and Krim people are thought to have been the earliest settlers in coastal Sierra Leone. The Kissi and Golalived inland to the east and the Limba inhabited the foothills of the Wara Wara mountains from at least the 10th century AD. Following the break-up of the Malian empire in the late 14th century much of Sierra Leone was settled by the Mande whose domination and interaction with the original inhabitants gave rise to new ethnic groups, including the Vai and Loko.


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Further Reading

  1. Abdullah, Ibrahim, (ed.) Between Democracy and Terror: The Sierra Leone Civil War. 2004Google Scholar
  2. Conteh-Morgan, E. and Dixon-Fyle, M., Sierra Leone at the End of the Twentieth Century: History, Politics, and Society. 1999Google Scholar
  3. Ferine, M., The Underneath of Things: Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone. 2001CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. National Statistical Office: Statistics Sierra Leone, A. J. Momoh Street, Tower Hill, P.M.B. 595, Freetown.Google Scholar

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