Sierra Leone raises revenues from mining but unemployment also rises, UN says

Diamond exporting revenues have risen about 60 per cent in post-conflict Sierra Leone, but youth unemployment is also rising, creating social tensions as the United Nations peacekeeping mission prepares to leave, a report to the Security Council from Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.

Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls for reparations

After the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone, the government should pay reparations to amputees and other wounded victims, those who were sexually violated, and the widows and children who suffered deprivation, displacement, or worse between 1991 and 2002, a United Nations-endorsed report on the war says.

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Sierra Leone as it winds down

Extending the life of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) until the end of next June, the Security Council today welcomed the progressive scaling down of its size and urged the West African country’s Government to accelerate its efforts to establish viable institutions so that it can take full responsibility for law and order.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees visits Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia

Kicking off his third visit to West Africa, the United Nations’ top refugee official, Ruud Lubbers, is in Sierra Leone today to review arrangements for completing the return of the remaining Sierra Leonean refugees in the region and preparing for the repatriation of Liberians to their country.