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In pictures: Sierra Leone slum
Open sewer

Sierra Leone is going to the polls on 11 August. A brutal, 10-year civil war ended in 2001 and now poverty is the most pressing concern for most voters.

Once a small fishing settlement, Kroo Bay is now a sprawling slum filled with rubbish in the capital, Freetown.

Home to more than 6,000 people, it is overrun with shanty structures made from discarded metal, sticks, rubbish and mud.

Pigs nose in the sludge, while the water is used as an open sewer.

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