A Dirty War in West Africa: The RUF and the Destruction of West Africa.

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A Dirty War in West Africa

The RUF and the Destruction of West Africa


By Lansana Gherbie

[pounds sterling]16.50 Hurst

ISBN 1-85065-742-4

This study of Sierra Leone's decade-long war has been long in the making. It is the result of several years' observation of and writing about the war. The author was a journalist in Sierra Leone during the early years of the war, and left in 1996 to write a postgraduate thesis on it at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

He returned to the country several times, at the height of the conflict, to do research and write about the war for various publications including our sister publication New African. This book is, therefore, a combination of journalistic...

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