"Abu Bakarr Kargbo, 31, was one of the thousands of amputees afflicted by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) atrocities during the civil war that devastated Sierra Leone from 1991 till 2002. Both his forearms were cut off. Young Abu,7, buttons his father’s collar in the family’s shelter in the camp for amputees, northwest of Freetown." Yannis Kontos. Polaris. Sierra Leone. 2005.
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.
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,
This picture relates to the book because it shows a young man who had the initials RUF carved into his chest. "One of the messengers was a young man. They had carved their initials, RUF (Revolutionary United Front), on his body with a hot bayonet" (Beah 21)