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Back in Business? (11/13)


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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 23 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2005
Available in French: No

Eleven years of civil war between 1991 and 2002 has left Sierra Leone in ruins. According to the United Nations it's the second poorest country in the world. Tens of thousands of people were killed and many more injured and displaced during the war. In May 2002, stability was restored when the former ruling party was returned to power in democratic elections. Now, after three years of peace, the rebuilding has begun, and Sierra Leone is looking for outside investment to kick-start its economy. Until now, most of Sierra Leone's foreign earnings have come from exporting diamonds. But it's rich in other natural resources. Apart from diamonds, there is titanium ore, gold and fisheries. Tourism, on the other hand, offers the promise of revenue with a far quicker turnaround time. Sierra Leone has miles of beautiful beaches. In a country that was once a war-zone, could tourism be one of the new industries that moves the country into the future?

Links: http://www.tve.org/lifeonline/index.cfm?aid=1747