English 1109 Monday/ Wednesday
18 October 2016
Journal Seven: Major tribes and ethnic groups in Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone there are three major tribes, Temne, Mende, and Limba. After reading A Long Way Gone I was interested in the different ethnic groups and tribes, and learning about their differences.
The largest ethnic group or tribe is Temne at about thirty-five percent of Sierra Leones population. 1.6 million people speak the language, Temne. They live in the Northern part of Sierra Leone and around the capital, Freetown. The majority of Temne’s are Muslims with a small Christian minority. While doing my research I found that Temne’s are mostly famers which include rice, supplemented by groundnuts, cotton, cassava, and millet.
The second largest tribe in Sierra Leone is Mende which is actually Ishmael Beah’s tribe. It has thirty-one percent of their population. Mende refers to the people and the language. They live in the Southern-Eastern part of Sierra Leone and are made of mostly Muslims as well as Temne. In many ways Temne and Mende are very similar. They are both farmers of a lot of the same crops, the same ethnicity, and their name also refers to their language.
The Limba people is the third major ethnic group, about 8.5% of Sierra Leone's total population (about 566,529 members). They speak many different languages including Limba, Sierra Leone English, Krio. They were mainly rice farmers, hunters and traders.
These are some people from the Mende tribe.
The same tribe Ishmael Beah belonged to.