Sierra Leone remains among the least developed countries in the world, ranking 177 out of 187 countries in the 2012 Human Development Index. Rates of child and maternal morality are high, levels of education are low and, despite rich resource endowments and abundant land, 53 percent of Sierra Leoneans live on less than $1 a day and rely on subsistence agriculture. Thirty-five percent of people are undernourished.
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|Population:||5,612,685 (July 2013 est.)|
|Size:||75,955 sq. mi.; slightly smaller than South Dakota|
CRS started work in Sierra Leone in 1963, implementing education and health programs largely through USAID. During the civil war, from 1992 to 2002, we provided lifesaving assistance to internally displaced persons, and since the war ended we have helped rebuild the country, particularly the health, education and agricultural sectors.