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brutal campaign of terror marks the civil war that has raged in the West African country of Sierra Leone over the past eight years. In all, an estimated 10,000 innocents have been maimed, forced to live without hands, arms, legs, noses, or ears. The savage mutilation of innocent civilians by the opposition Revolutionary United Front (RUF) under rebel chief Foday Sankoh ironically has led to a tenuous peace, but at a high price. Sankoh is being promised a seat in the cabinet of democratically elected President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, whose government Sankoh has been fighting, in hopes of a cessation of the brutal atrocities conducted by the RUF. [Overview]


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