Mining, particularly iron ore, diamonds and rutile, have led to economic growth in recent years.
But despite its natural wealth, 60 percent of the population live in poverty.
President Julius Maada Bio came to power in 2018, determined to fight corruption and turn things around.
So, after more than two years in office, is he succeeding?
The president of Sierra Leone talks to Al Jazeera.
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