A Dirty War in West Africa
The Ruf and the Destruction of Sierra Leone
By (author) Lansana Gberie
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Dirty War in West Africa by Lansana Gberie
Book Description"Provides important insider information concerning Sierra Leone's recent war...and builds on [the author's] established reputation as an insightful and courageous journalist." -William Reno, Northwestern University A Dirty War in West Africa recounts Lansana Gberie's harrowing experiences as a journalist during the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone. Since 1991, this West African nation has been brought to its knees by a series of coups, violent conflicts, and finally, outright war. The war has ended today, but it is clear that things are hardly settled. Focusing on the group spearheading the violence, the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), Gberie exposes the corruption and appalling use of rape and mutilation as tactics to overthrow the former government. Gberie looks closely at the rise of the RUF and its ruthless leader, Foday Sankoh, as he seeks to understand the personalities and parties involved in the war. This sobering and powerful account reveals the domestic and international consequences of the Sierra Leone conflict.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780253218551
(5499mm x 3564mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lansana Gberie
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In Sierra Leone in 2000, British commandos intervened to prevent a bloody coup as UN forces faced collapse at the hands of the Revolutionary United Front. Sanctions were imposed on the rebel group and its key backer, the government of Charles Taylor of Liberia. This title examines Sierra Leones transition from war to peaceful democratic rule.
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Author Biography - Lansana Gberie
Lansana Gberie is a research associate at the Wilfried Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic, and Disarmament Studies. He covered the Sierra Leone civil war as a journalist for Inter Press Service.
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