“It has been said that war is the price of peace…Sierra Leone has already paid too much. Let them live a better life”
-Ambassador Juan Larrain
BLOOD DIAMONDS AND WAR
On 6 January 1999, rebel soldiers joined forces with the Revolutionary United front to launch “Operation No living Thing” on Freetown leaving 5,000 dead. Funded by an illicit trade in the country’s diamonds and orchestrated by Liberian leader and convicted war criminal Charles Taylor, the 11-year-long civil war devastated Sierra Leone’s population and infrastructure. In less than two weeks an estimated 100,000 people were forced to leave their homes and six thousand civilians murdered.
A WAY FORWARD
Having succeeded in securing political stability, IPSIL’s completed its mandate in March 2014 and transferred its responsibilities to 19 national programmes including Advocate+. Focussing on land ownership rights, equitable management of natural resources and government transparency, our peacebuilding programme encourages leaders of all backgrounds and religions to work together to promote a lasting peace. Through training a network of mediators this project helps traditionally sidelined members of society participate actively in the political process.