Sierra Leone – So Rich and yet So Poor

Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in Africa and in the world. Here, the average salary for a working person is around $360 per year. It is amazing how some people can survive with such a small amount of money. Unfortunately for the people of Sierra Leone there aren’t enough jobs even with this low salary. Most of them have to provide the food on their table by growing their own food. They grow crop to make bread and raise chicken and domestic animals for meat. Still, over 70% of the nation lives in poverty and around 170 of every 1,000 children die of hunger before they reach the age of 5.

All that is very sad, but there are a lot of ways that everyone can help the people of Sierra Leone to get out of this terrible position they are in now. Millions of tons of food and supplies are taken to the country each year. Schools are built and water system is cleaned with the help of good people all over the world. Another way to help the country is by tourism.

Sierra Leone has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. They also offer desert tourism and safaris. Since the end of their civil war in 2002, more and more people have started to visit this naturally beautiful country. This gives a lot of people jobs in the tourism industry. Tourism also has some of the best salaries in the country, so the families of the people working in hotels, tours, restaurants and other tourist facilities no longer have to starve.

Many European and American companies have also started to take their production in the capital of Sierra Leone – Freeport. Like the name says, Freeport is a big port, one of the biggest in the world, which makes it easy for manufacturers to ship their goods all over the world. There is one problem though, with employing people of Sierra Leone, a lot of them are not educated. They can’t read or write and have never learned a profession for themselves. So each company that is hiring, has to train their whole staff before anyone can start working. But due to the low salary they have to pay, it is not too expensive for the company to educate their workers.

There is one thing in Sierra Leone, which makes it difficult to understand why they are so poor after all. They are rich in diamonds and gold, which should make them a wealthy country. But it seems that they don’t know how to properly deal with their own resources. Most of the diamonds are smuggled out of the country instead of bringing welfare to their citizens. The government has taken steps to prevent this from happening, but they still have a long way to go. If they do the right kind of politics in their country, there is no reason why Sierra Leone wouldn’t be one of the richest countries in Africa. They have what it takes to lure in tourists, they have an amazing port and cheap workforce for international manufacturers, they have their diamonds, gold and other resources. If they only knew how to take advantage of all the richness they have and use it for the good of their people.

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