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CROSSLINES Global Report

No 34 September/October 1999


Why Sierra Leone is important

The peace agreement signed on 7 July 1999 in Togo between Sierra Leone's elected President and the Revolutionary United Front may be a major step forward to ending the eight years of civil war, but only by glossing over the vicious human rights abuses practised apparently indiscriminately, often by teenage boys, against thousands of civilians. Nonetheless, says Joseph Opala, founder of a Sierra Leone campaign for better government, the country's problems are fixable.

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Joseph Opala lectured at Sierra Leone's Fourah Bay College, and was a founder of that country's
Campaign for Good Governance. He is currently Scholar-in-Residence at Penn Center, St Helena Island, South Carolina, USA.


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