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Warlords' post-democracies

Warlord Democrats in Africa
Forfatter: Anders Themnér (red.)
Forlag: Zed Books (UK)
How do the African rebel leaders succeed politically after the conflicts have subsided? Ten African scientists have looked into the matter.

In November 1999 I sat at the home of Foday Sankoh, the leader of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone. Sankoh sat in the living room crying over the children as his rebel soldiers had cut off their hands with machetes. "Short sleeves, or long sleeves?" Was the question. Did you answer "long", you just cut off your hand; you answered "short", they cut further up.

I remember it as if it were yesterday. Together with a British anthropologist and a South African peace and reconciliation specialist, I, who then worked for Norwegian Church Aid, was to speak to various factions in the civil war in Sierra Leone, while the peace agreement from July still held. With us, we had promises of millions of dollars in aid to actors we thought would contribute to one. . .

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Ketil Fred Hansen
Hansen is a professor of social sciences at UiS and a regular reviewer at Ny Tid.

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