Global Citizen Diplomacy of 21st Century — one individual, one city at a time
The relationship of the people of New Haven with Sierra Leone was initiated in 1839 when the African captives of the Amistad Revolt were brought from New London, CT to jail in New Haven to await trial for piracy and murder. The entire cabinet of Sierra Leone attended the dedication of the statute of Sengbe Pieh in New Haven in 1992. Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, is a city whose normal population of 500,000 has nearly doubled due to the influx of countryside refugees avoiding recent civil strife. The country is predominantly an agricultural country with 65 percent of the population devoted to very small-scale production. Natural resources are gold, diamonds, bauxite, and rutile.
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