Five Years On

Five Years On Sierra Leone should be one of the richest countries in the world. But instead, it depends on millions of dollars of foreign aid. The country now faces a serious health crisis.
At Sierra Leone's only psychiatric hospital, patients are chained day and night. "Most of these patients are ex-soldiers. It's drugs that brought them here", explains Dr Nahim. During the war, soldiers were fed a crude mix of marijuana, cocaine and gunpowder to induce them to carry out atrocities. It's left many needing psychiatric care. But five years after the war ended, 70% of the population live below the poverty line. "Vulnerable groups cannot afford to access healthcare", states Jonathan Heffer from Medicin Sans Frontier. With some charities preparing to leave, there's a concern life may get a lot worse.

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