n Conflict Trends - Post-conflict reintegration challenges in Sierra Leone

Volume 2007, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The Sierra Leone conflict escalated in March 1991, when the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) launched attacks from Liberian territory into Sierra Leone to overthrow the All People's Congress (APC) government, led by former president Joseph S. Momoh. Unlike other conflicts, provoked by inter-ethic or religious strife, the crisis in Sierra Leone was a product of a complex combination of internal and external factors. These included nepotism and rampant corruption of those in power, the erosion of state institutions, competition between various factions within the government for control of the country's natural wealth, and external interests in destabilising the country.

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