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Kailahun, Sierra Leone
Kailahun Government Hospital at its reopening in 2004
Kailahun Government Hospital at its reopening in 2004
Coordinates: 8°16′38″N 10°34′26″W / 8.27722°N 10.57389°W / 8.27722; -10.57389
CountryFlag of Sierra Leone.svg Sierra Leone
ProvinceEastern Province
DistrictKailahun District
 • Town Chief of KailahunAlpha Ndoleh [1]
303 m (994 ft)
 • Total30,411
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)

Kailahun is the capital of Kailahun District in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. Kailahun is a major business and commercial center of Kailahun District. The population was 13,108 in the 2004 census,[1] a 2006 estimate of 18,411 [2] and a current estimate of about 30,411.[citation needed] Kailahun lies in the far east of Sierra Leone, approximately 200 miles east of Freetown (320 miles by road); and about 51 miles north east of Kenema (75 miles by road).[3]

Kailahun is a trade center, and is one of the major towns in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. The population of Kailahun is largely from the Mende ethnic group.


The town is home to Kailahun district council and the District Council Hall. As of 2008 Maada Alpha Ndoleh is the town chief of Kailahun.[2] Kailahun, along with the entire Kailahun District is governed with a district council form of government, which is headed by a District Council Chairman, who is responsible for the general management of the town and for seeing that all local and national laws are enforced. The District Council Chairman is elected directly by the residents of the district of Kailahun. The current chairman of Kailahun district council is Tom Nyuma of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). Nyuma won the July 2008 Sierra Leone local council elections in a landslide with 75% of the vote. The candidate of the People's Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) came in distance second, followed by the candidate of the All People's Congress (APC). Nyuma replaced fellow SLPP member Augustine Kortu who was the District Council Chairman until July 2008.[3] Kortu is from the minority Kissi ethnic group.


The local radio station in Kailahun is a private station Radio Moa - The Voice of the Voiceless on 101.5 FM] which operates from Radio House. Leh Wi Tok (Let Us Talk) Documentary features interviews and footage from the station. The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) television and radio station, are on the air in Kailahun. BBC World Service, and several other international TV stations are on the air in the city, via satellite.


The population of Kailahun is largely from the Mende. Minority ethnic groups with significant population are the Kissi, Kono, Sherbro and Vai.


Like the rest of the country, football is by far the most popular sport in the city. The city has several clubs in the lower divisions of the Sierra Leone football league.


Kailahun Government Hospital at its reopening in 2004

Kailahun is home to Kailahun Government Hospital which was refurbished after being damaged in the Sierra Leone Civil War and was reopened in 2004.[4]


  1. ^ Republic of Sierra Leone: 2004 Population and Housing Census: Analytical Report on Population Distribution, Migration and Urbanisation in Sierra Leone.
    Ibrahim Mohamed Sesay, Andrew A. Karam, Jinnah J. Ngobeh. Published November 2006.
  2. ^ Bampia J, Bundu (2008-04-09), ‘Fambul Tok’ Boosts Kailahun District Council in Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone: AWARENESS TIMES, retrieved 2008-07-25
  3. ^ "IF YOU DO NOT VOTE FOR APC, You'll Get No Development Project in Kailahun" - William Juana Smith and Sam Sumana Threaten the People of Kailahun., Sierra Leone: The New People Newspaper Online, 2008-06-23, archived from the original on 2008-07-03, retrieved 2008-07-25
  4. ^ "USAID Rebuilds Kailahun Hospital". USAID. 11 March 2004. Retrieved 2008-06-23.

Coordinates: 8°16′38″N 10°34′26″W / 8.27722°N 10.57389°W / 8.27722; -10.57389