My mitochondrial DNA also matches the Temne people of Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone, whose official name is Republic of Sierra Leone, is a West African country on the Atlantic Ocean about half the size of Illinois. The country is surrounded by Guinea, in the north and east, and Liberia, in the south. The terrain of Sierra Leone consists of Mangrove swamps along the coast, wooded hills and a plateau in the interior, and mountains in the east.
Here are a few facts about Sierra Leone.
- Land area: 27,653 sq mi (71,621 sq km)
- Total area: 27,699 sq mi (71,740 sq km)
- Population (2007 est.): 6,144,562 (growth rate: 2.3%)
- Birth rate: 45.4/1000
- Infant mortality rate: 158.3/1000
- Life expectancy: 40.6
Source: InfoPlease, Sierra Leone, http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107959.html