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Freetown, Sierra Leone
What is your home city/country? How long is the trip to post from there, with what connections? How easy/difficult is it to travel to this city/country?
The U.S. It usually takes about 16-18 hours. There is no contract fair, so you can use BA, Air France, or Brussels Air. All involve a stop in Monrovia, or somewhere else before Freetown. Then,...
Are there personal security concerns to be aware of at this post? Please describe.
As a critical crime post, areas of concern are walking the streets/beaches at night, crimes of opportunity and infrequently, house break-ins. There have been two in two years here. There is no police response or...

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