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The ruins of an 18th century slave fort are seen on Bunce Island, Sierra Leone, November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

The ruins of an 18th century slave fort are seen on Bunce Island, Sierra Leone, November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

The ruins of an 18th century slave fort are seen on Bunce Island, Sierra Leone, November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A shipping vessel arrives in Freetown as men sit by the side of the road in Sierra Leone November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A shipping vessel arrives in Freetown as men sit by the side of the road in Sierra Leone November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A shipping vessel arrives in Freetown as men sit by the side of the road in Sierra Leone November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A security boat patrols the waters next to an iron ore loading terminal run by mining company African Minerals, as seen from Bunce Island, Sierra Leone, November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A security boat patrols the waters next to an iron ore loading terminal run by mining company African Minerals, as seen from Bunce Island, Sierra Leone, November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

A security boat patrols the waters next to an iron ore loading terminal run by mining company African Minerals, as seen from Bunce Island, Sierra Leone, November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Residents of Sangbulima village, which is located just across the channel from the iron ore loading terminal run by mining company African Minerals, gather in Sierra Leone November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Residents of Sangbulima village, which is located just across the channel from the iron ore loading terminal run by mining company African Minerals, gather in Sierra Leone November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Residents of Sangbulima village, which is located just across the channel from the iron ore loading terminal run by mining company African Minerals, gather in Sierra Leone November 18, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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