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Sierra Leone Mudslide -- A Man-Made Tragedy?


Sierra Leone is still reeling from the effects of a mudslide that killed nearly 1,000 people, left hundreds missing and rendered thousands homeless. Though mudslides are a rare event, this incident was not surprising. Over the past 10 years research papers and civil society organizations have repeatedly warned the government, and individuals who choose to build in unstable areas, that the city faces a serious threat from deforestation on the peninsula.