Sierra Leone after Charles Taylor - A decade after Sierra Leone’s conflict, the west African nation is peaceful, but among the world’s poorest. The UN war crimes court trying Charles Taylor for atrocities in Sierra Leone will deliver its verdict on Thursday

Kadidiatu Swaray, 18, and her friend Mabinty Bangura, 15, arrive for class at the Every Nation Academy in Makeni Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters