Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

Sierra Leone flag David Bar-TzurSierra Leone flag

map of Sierra Leone

Flag: World flag database.
Map: - "search" for country, then "Digital Map Graphics").

For a quick, interesting resource for facts about this and other countries,
try Mystic Planet - The New Age directory of Planet Earth.

Note: Flag next to a link shows what language the website is in. This is sometimes obvious by what country the link is for or the fact that the title is in English. If I feel it may be ambiguous, I have tried to clarify by using a flag. This is done so that people can read sites in the language of their choice.

DeafTODAY. (2004, June 16). Salesian Home Helps Deaf And Dumb to Earn Money. The Catholic Don Bosco Home in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone has offered an opportunity to the deaf and blind youths to become self reliant... Father John Thompson... says presently, the Home is training 8 of them. "But as time goes on, we hope to increase the number we accommodate," he says, adding: "If these people are not helped to acquire skills how will they live when they get families?"

Miles, M. (2005). Deaf people living and communication in African histories, c. 960s - 1960s. There is strong documentary evidence that deaf or hearing impaired men and women, girls and boys, did occupy social space and took roles across the full spectrum of life throughout Africa in earlier centuries, living lives like everyone else and also having some different experiences. Traces and signs of deaf people appear in many sorts of historical document, such as travellers' accounts, legal and genealogical records, government, institutional and missionary archives, linguistic studies, literature, folklore, religious narrative, mime, dance and drama. Many of their experiences have involved severe economic poverty and adversity, stigmatising attitudes and exclusionary practices; yet this has not been the norm everywhere in Africa, and many deaf people have shown great resilience, perseverance, humour and ingenuity in their dealings and communications with the non-deaf world.

World Federation of the Deaf membership information: Sierra Leone Association of the Deaf. Contact info only. Click on "S" and scroll down to the country name.