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Vol 38 No 12

Published 6th June 1997


Sierra Leone

The coup-makers

Most members of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council are little known, being drawn from young, ill-educated and poorly trained junior officers and other ranks. All have benefited from the huge expansion of the Sierra Leone Army in the early l990s, a result of the civil war instigated in l99l by Foday Sankoh's Revolutionary United Front. The SLA grew from 8,000 to 12,000 after the military coup of April 1992, recruiting many young, alienated street-children, who were not properly trained.

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