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Last updated: 19 november, 2009 - 13:38 GMT

Sierra Leone appeals for investors

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair meets with the President of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma

Sierra Leone is a country that has been through a lot in recent years.

About 50,000 of its citizens died in a vicious civil war in the 1990s, a war notorious for the mutilations of civilians carried out by both sides.

But now it is a very different place, with two democratic elections under its belt and a peaceful change of government.

The man now in charge is President Ernest Bai Koroma, and he has been at a conference in London to encourage investors to put their money into Sierra Leone.

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According to many in Sierra Leone, the country's current safety and protection is in part due to Britain's military intervention at the end of 1990s and its continued involvement in its former colony's security.

In particular, they are grateful to one man, the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who sent in British troops in 2000.

He is still involved as an adviser to President Koroma and he was cheered to the echo at the London investment conference.

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