n Conflict Trends - Traditional practices and reconciliation in Sierra Leone : the effectiveness of Fambul Tok

Volume 2010, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Sierra Leone bears the distinction of being the site of one of the world's most brutal civil wars, where widespread property destruction, killings, rapes and amputations left the country physically decimated and its population psychologically traumatised after 11 long years of conflict. In the Lomé Peace Accord, signed between the government and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in July 1999, amnesty was offered to the rebels for all atrocities they had committed during the war, as an inducement to get them to lay down their arms. As a concession to the many victims, and in an attempt to placate critics arguing that amnesty would allow impunity to reign, the Lomé Accord also mandated the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

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