New iron ore mine gives economic hope to Sierra Leone
21 January 2011 Last updated at 11:07 GMT
Sierra Leone's economy was shattered by its civil war which ended a little under a decade ago. But the country is rebuilding itself, and one of the main drivers of that is iron ore.
A new mine is about to open a couple of hours' drive from the capital Freetown.
Komla Dumor visited the vast Marampa iron-ore mine and asked if much of the country's fortunes rests on the mine's success.