Krio, Creole in Sierra Leone

Population

715,000

Christian

45%

Evangelical

5%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

The Krios (Sierra Leone Creole) are descendants of West Indian slaves from the Caribbean (primarily Jamaica) and freed slaves from the United States who landed in Freetown at the beginning of the nineteenth century. They were subjects of the British crown and enjoyed its protection as nationals. They speak Krio, a mixture of English and African languages.


Where are they Located?

They live mostly in Freetown and surrounding areas as well as Gambia, Guinea, Senegal, United Kingdom and the United States. In the United States they are mostly settled in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, New York, Georgia, California and North Carolina.


What are Their Lives Like?

One very unique attribute of a Sierra Leonean Krio living outside of Sierra Leone is that they can usually adapt easily to Western lifestyle, especially in the United States and the United Kingdom.

A typical Krio meal is foo-foo, a dough-like paste made from cassava. This is a spicy dish consisting of leafy greens with tripe (sheep or goat stomach), fish, beef, salt pork, and chicken.


What are Their Beliefs?

Most Krios are Christians, though they some also follow traditional beliefs. A very small number of Krios are Muslims--mostly women who marry with other local tribesmen who are Muslims.


What are Their Needs?

There is a great lack of literacy among them in Sierra Leone. Elsewhere education is held in high regard.




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Country Sierra Leone
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Freetown communities; on the Peninsula; Banana Islands, York Island; Bonthe
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People Name General Krio
People Name in Country Krio, Creole
ROP3 Code 105310
Joshua Project People ID 11244
Indigenous Yes
Population in Sierra Leone 715,000
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Aku, Creole, English Creole, Eurafrican Creole, Fernandino, Kiro, Sierra Leonean, Sierra Leonian Creole,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Krio
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Sub-Saharan African, other
People Name General Krio
Ethnic Code NAN58
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Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
45%    ( Evangelical  5% )
Ethnic Religions
26.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
23.00%
Non-Religious
6.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
40.00%
Protestant
60.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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