Fatmata Kamara, 13-years-old from the Kono region, shows the scars on her chest left after she removed the initials RUF with caustic soda. She was 11 when RUF (Revolutionary United Front) rebels abducted her. The soldiers used children and young women as porters, cooks and sex slaves, or bush-wives. She was caught trying to escape and branded as an example to other abductees by her Commander “Benjamin”. She is now at St. Michael’s recuperation center outside Freetown.
Sierra Leone Web - Bing Images - The Sierra Leone Civil War (1991–2002) began on 23 March 1991 when the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), intervened in Sierra Leone in an attempt to overthrow the Joseph Momoh government. The resulting civil war lasted 11 years, enveloped the country, and left over 50,000 dead...
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,
Issa Sesay served as senior military officer and commander in the Revolutionary United Front and AFRC/RUF forces in their insurrection against the government of Sierra Leone. He was said to be subordinate only to Sam Bockarie. He was indicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone for crimes against humanity and other war crimes, including terrorizing civilians, unlawful killings, crimes against humanity, sexual violence, use of child soldiers, and attacks on UNAMSIL personnel.
Babes in Arms Building Background Jigsaw Reading Activity
This activity is for use with Scholastic's Code X Course III Unit 6 Children in War. Before reading the book review Babes in Arms students explore background topics such as Child Soldiers, the Sierra Leone Civil War, Diamonds in Africa, the Revolutionary United Front, and Foday Sankoh.
The devastating eleven year civil war in Sierra Leone wreaked havoc across this West African country from 1991 to 2002. Throughout the conflict, horrific brutality and unconscionable crimes were committed by forces on all sides of the war. In particular, children were heavily recruited to become ‘soldiers’ by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), the two primary opposition forces, as well as by government forces later in the war.
The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (Turkish: Devrimci Halk Kurtuluş Partisi-Cephesi or DHKP-C) is a Marxist–Leninist party in Turkey. It was founded in 1978 as Revolutionary Left (Turkish: Devrimci Sol or Dev Sol), and was renamed in 1994 after factional infighting. They carried out a number of assassinations and suicide bombings, and are classified as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.