Approximately 75% of the country’s 6 million population is Muslim. This figure was much higher in previous years, but decades of missionary work have sadly taken their toll.
Extreme poverty is alive and well here. More than 60 percent of the population contends with it, surviving on less than $1.25 per day. Literacy rates, especially amongst the Muslim populace, is also low, while the unemployment rate is estimated to be as high as 70%.
Sierra Leone suffered 12,900 cases of Ebola during the outbreak in 2014. The virus was not only disastrous to the nation’s health but forced food prices to rise resulting in even more families going hungry.