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SIERRA LEONE-TAYLOR
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April 25, 2012
Workers carry charcoal through a slashed and burned area in eastern Sierra Leone, April 20, 2012. Logging...
Makeni, Sierra Leone
Workers carry charcoal through a slashed and burned area in eastern Sierra Leone
Workers carry charcoal through a slashed and burned area in eastern Sierra Leone, April 20, 2012. Logging is illegal in Sierra Leone, but remains the leading cause of environmental degradation, according to the European Union. Population pressure, common slash and burn methods and illegal logging mean the country's bountiful forests could disappear by 2018, according to the Forestry Ministry. Sierra Leone's 11-year conflict from 1991-2002 left over 50,000 dead and became a byword for gratuitous violence, especially the amputation of limbs. A decade later, the West African nation is peaceful, but among the world's poorest. It is due to hold elections in November. Picture taken April 20, 2012. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly (SIERRA LEONE - Tags: ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
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