During Sierra Leone’s 11-year civil war, as many as 27,000 people are estimated to have been disabled or lost limbs in brutal amputations by Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels. Marginalized by society,
Memunata Kanu stands at the Murray Town amputee camp August, 1999 near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Kanu, 2, was mutilated by the guerrilla forces of the Revolutionary United Front, and is the youngest known survivor of such an attack.
Fatmata Kamara, 13-years-old from the Kono region, shows the scars on her chest left after she removed the initials RUF with caustic soda. She was 11 when RUF (Revolutionary United Front) rebels abducted her. The soldiers used children and young women as porters, cooks and sex slaves, or bush-wives. She was caught trying to escape and branded as an example to other abductees by her Commander “Benjamin”. She is now at St. Michael’s recuperation center outside Freetown.
Babes in Arms Building Background Jigsaw Reading Activity
This activity is for use with Scholastic's Code X Course III Unit 6 Children in War. Before reading the book review Babes in Arms students explore background topics such as Child Soldiers, the Sierra Leone Civil War, Diamonds in Africa, the Revolutionary United Front, and Foday Sankoh.
Raja Jandhyala , a coordinator for the National Commission for Disarmement, Demobilization and Reinstatement , addresses fighters and commanders of the Revolutionary United Front 14 November 2001 in Kailahun, eastern Sierra Leone, during a meeting with United Nations observers focused on the disarmement in the Kailahun district. This district is the last to operate disarmement in Sierra Leone. Following the signature of an agreement in May 2001 between the government, the RUF and the UN…
Pakistani United Nations soldiers deploy in Kailahun, eastern Sierra Leone, 14 November 2001 as the National Commission for Disarmement, Demobilization and Reinstatement , started the preparations for the disarmement of the Kailahun district, the stronghold of the Revolutionary United Front . This district is the last to operate disarmement in Sierra Leone. Following the signature of an agreement in May 2001 between the government, the RUF and the UN Mission in Sierra Leone , a disarmement…
On 7 May 2000 1 PARA group less A company but reinforced by D Company 2 PARA was deployed to Sierra Leone at very short notice to evacuate UK and other civilians threatened by Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels and other insurgents around Freetown.
The devastating eleven year civil war in Sierra Leone wreaked havoc across this West African country from 1991 to 2002. Throughout the conflict, horrific brutality and unconscionable crimes were committed by forces on all sides of the war. In particular, children were heavily recruited to become ‘soldiers’ by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), the two primary opposition forces, as well as by government forces later in the war.
Sierra Leone Web - Bing Images - The Sierra Leone Civil War (1991–2002) began on 23 March 1991 when the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), intervened in Sierra Leone in an attempt to overthrow the Joseph Momoh government. The resulting civil war lasted 11 years, enveloped the country, and left over 50,000 dead...