A Dirty War in West Africa: The RUF and the Destruction of Sierra Leone

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Hurst, Jan 1, 2005 - Insurgency - 224 pages
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Sierra Leone; Destruction and Resurgence charts, in gripping detail based on first-band experience, the decade long civil war that brought Sierra Leone to its knees from 1991-2001. The group spearheading the violence, the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), claimed to be freeing the country from corruption and the brutalities of its political class and their foreign allies, but their insurgency killed more than 75,000 people, displaced half the population and destroyed one third of the country's already feeble infrastructure. The RUF also became notorious for appalling acts of brutality, including rape and the widespread use of mutilation: those deemed supporters of the government or any of its agencies had their limbs hacked off. The RUF is today a spent force, politically, although some claim it has retained its arms in the hope of one day relaunching a military campaign.

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User Review  - Praj05 - LibraryThing

I read this book as a part of my research paper couple years back. It is a definite must read. The literature is direct and brutal; seething with muddles of corrupt governing coerce powers, making life a burden in itself. Read full review

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User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

I thought this was an excellent summation of the war when I first read it. But as I dug deeper into the processes of the conflict I found that Gberie's arguments were largely unfounded. Read full review

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Lansana Gberie is a senior associate of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and head of its Liberia Program. He was a key researcher for Partnership Africa Canada's Human Security and International Diamond Trade project. Gberie has written extensively on conflict and conflict management in Africa, including "A Dirty War in West Africa: The RUF and the Destruction of Sierra Leone" (2005).

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