Sierra Leone News & Information

State House | Press Union | Lumley Beach | AllAfrica | SL-Web

  Giving Knowledge to the People
welcome to sierra leone's premier news source
Last Updated: May 21st, 2012 - 17:56:19 
Front Page 
 Breaking News
 Local News
 Photo News
 Video News
 Moiie's Column
 Afsatu Kabba
 Role Models
 Awareness Lady
 Common Man
 Special Messages
 Legal Matters

Published online by
Sylvia Blyden Dot Com

17 Garrison Street,
Sierra Leone.
Tel: +232-77-772001
Tel: +232-88-321000
Tel: +232-76-350077
Tel: +232-30-321001


A Prologue to Part 2 of Charles Taylor: Sierra Leoneís Scapegoat
By Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
May 21, 2012, 12:50
Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Tribalism Facilitated ¬†AFRCís ¬†Jan 1999 Attack on Freetown!
I will release Part 2 of CHARLES TAYLOR: SIERRA LEONEíS SCAPEGOAT when the time is ripe and at my pleasure. Sama Banya is yet to dispute anything I have stated in Part 1 so he should not try to hasten publication.

All Dr. Sama Banya has done is endorse that many South-Easterners such as Maada Bioís elder sister Agnes Bio, willingly joined RUF following which Agnes & Co., used Charles Taylor as one of their tools to serve a sinister purpose of imposing their preferred Head of State in Sierra Leone.


In a subsequent edition, we will look at the Special Court judgment; the revelation on¬† printing of RUFís Propaganda Manual.


Meanwhile, I note a few huffs and puffs from one or two shameless folks from the South East wishing to distort History but since they are not disputing anything I have said, I will not pay them heed. Some have problems with understanding what the word Ďmostlyí means. Such ignorance is their problem.

Sierra Leoneís Scapegoat Charles Taylor at The Hague


Now, in series of prologues, I first intend to sensitise the world about some facts hidden away; facts like Banyaís contribution to the state of intense anti-APC sentiments in the South-East prior to the RUF Invasion have now been made known.

Such sensitisation will make absorbing the proposed series, easier to swallow by those currently in a state of denial. For todayís sensitisation, I am culling from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report prepared for Sierra Leoneans to understand what went wrong and how we should NEVER allow it to repeat again.


Itís tortuous to link Taylor to OUR tribal and regional influences - as reported - which were clearly responsible for prolongation of the war, the invasion of our capital city in January 1999 and our unbelievable brutality to each other (we killed, cooked and actually ate ourselves for God sake!).


The TRC did a remarkable job to bring out lessons for us. Charles Taylor is a victim of poetic justice - paying for his sins against Liberians in form of taking punishment for what¬† this countryís citizens did to each other.


Those shouting from rooftops that Charles Taylor is responsible for all the sufferings Sierra Leoneans went through because he wanted Ďblood diamondsí, please understand you are causing very serious harm to our collective efforts to ensure we NEVER again do what we did to ourselves.


The truth is bitter but we must face it. Charles Taylor is just a Bogeyman which has been created for us to avoid looking in the mirror.



PAGES 47 - 48 (Paragraphs 334 - 339)


Primary Findings

334. The Commission finds that the initiation rituals of the CDF were perverted and subverted by unscrupulous initiators. This resulted in acts of human sacrifice and cannibalism which constitute grave violations of human rights.

335. The CDF was successful in keeping out the RUF from large parts of the Southern and Eastern Regions. In the course of doing that, it committed gross violations and abuses on the peoples of both regions.



Main Findings

Enmity between the Arms of the State Security Apparatus under the SLPP

336. The CDF of the Southern and Eastern Provinces pitted themselves against the SLA under the newly-instated SLPP Government. Particularly in Kenema District, Kamajors engaged in systematic and targeted attacks on soldiers in an attempt to take over the Armyís role as the protector of civilian lives and property. Kamajors carried out multiple acts of torture and killings against soldiers. In many cases, corpses of soldiers were dismembered and parts of them eaten. Kamajors also committed similar violations and abuses against civilians whom they perceived to be affiliated to the Army.

337. High-ranking members of the Government failed to quell clashes between the SLA and the CDF, both of which were arms of the state security apparatus, and were responsible for inciting enmity between the two factions.

338. The Government followed an inadvisable policy of incarcerating several hundred soldiers without trial for their perceived involvement in the clashes with the Kamajors. The Kamajors, meanwhile, were not held to account. This inconsistency of treatment between the two parties was an example of the defective management of the state security apparatus.

339. The clashes between soldiers and Kamajors in the Kenema District represented the first significant and overt manifestations of an ethnic dimension to the Sierra Leone conflict. The Kamajors, who were exclusively Mende indigenes of the District, singled out soldiers and civilians of Northern descent for particularly malicious treatment. High profile members of non-Mende tribes, including Chiefs, were killed in this period of violence.


PAGES 47 - 48 (Paragraphs 344 - 346)

The Initiators of the Kamajor Society

344. The Commission finds that the Initiators of the CDF and their apprentices brought the whole concept of civil defence into disrepute. They deliberately targeted the social and cultural fabric of the nation. They subverted the sacred and long-standing traditions of initiation and rites of passage that exist peacefully in Sierra Leone. They engaged in destruction and exploitation under the false pretences of a ďsecretĒ society.

345. The Initiators of the CDF forced men who joined the Kamajors to eat human body parts during the initiation ceremony. Organs, tissue, blood and flesh from the bodies of dead persons were used in Kamajor ceremonies of initiation. Civilians from communities surrounding the initiation site and even would-be recruits were in many instances killed for the express purposes of ďsacrificing them to the causeĒ.

346. The Initiators of the CDF also carried out or ordered varying degrees of violence and intimidation against those they enlisted. They tortured and killed initiates. They attempted to exonerate themselves from due culpability by referring to illusory whims from higher beings, through dreams and ďdivineĒ messages.



PAGE 49 - 50 (Paragraphs 355 - 360)

The Kamajorsí Operation ďBlack DecemberĒ

355. The Kamajors carried out ďOperation Black DecemberĒ in late 1997 and early 1998. It was purposely designed to debilitate the strongholds of the AFRC junta in the Southern and Eastern Provinces. In the process, it caused immense suffering to the civilian populations of many communities in these Provinces. It also led to massive and systematic human rights abuses including summary killings, torture and looting at checkpoints established by the Kamajors.

356. Operation Black December was endorsed by the Government in Exile as an integral part of its interventionary initiatives to disrupt and then dislodge the AFRC junta. Chief Hinga Norman acted with the full and express support of the President and the War Council in Exile in ordering the operation to take place. The Commission finds that the Government must take responsibility for the systematic violations and abuses of human rights carried out in its name by the Kamajors during this operation.


Regionalism and Ethnic Prejudice in the CDF

357. The Districts of the South and South-East were unambiguously classifiable as heartlands of the Kamajor movement. The Kamajors targeted inhabitants of these areas along ethnic lines. Persons of Northern origin were singled out disproportionately for violations and abuses after 1998.

358. The Kamajors were intensely protective of their territories and their movement against perceived infiltration by Northerners. They held the prejudice that Northerners might be inclined to display allegiance to the leadership of the AFRC junta, largely because Johnny Paul Koroma was a Limba. The CDF High Command mirrored the suspicions of its Kamajor fighters on the ground. There was deep distrust based on regionalism and ethnicity at the heart of the CDF.

359. Chief Hinga Norman repeatedly rejected the petitions of the CDFís Northern Commander M.S. Dumbuya for logistics supplies. Hinga Norman maintained a blanket refusal to release arms and ammunitions to the North. Consequently, the CDF units in the North were unable to reinforce strategic towns like Makeni, Lunsar and Masiaka. These towns consequently fell to AFRC-led troops without stout resistance from the CDF. The atrocities committed during this onslaught are a stain on the conscience of the CDF.

360. The Commission finds that the invasion of Freetown could have been forestalled, if the Government had mobilised and equipped a strong Northern CDF. However, there was a resolute refusal to do this for fear that once it was equipped, a large section of the Northern CDF would ďdesertĒ and join the enemy. Unfounded suspicions based on regionalism and ethnic prejudice were thus put ahead of the security of the city of Freetown.


© Copyright by Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Top of Page

Latest Headlines
SLPP Tribal Incitement & Such Vices Disgust Sengu Koroma... Calls it Quit!
New United Nations ERSG meets President Koroma in Sierra Leone
Maada Bio to reach America June 8th Ė Media Claims
Sheer Hypocrisy
Sierra Leone Political Tolerance and National Unity: Opposition Leaders Have Lost Moral High Ground
AMI Principles will nourish Africaís information consumers
Sama Banya wants Awareness Times to call Tom Nyuma a Buffoon
Too Smart to be Distracted - Sorry Guys but it is Squirrel Question Time
Sierra Leone Independent Journalists are Safely and Proudly Back in Freetown from Peaceful Jendema
Truth does not need massaging
STOP INCITING TEMNES AGAINST APC - Whether You Know It Or Not, You have done too much harm already in Sierra Leone
Mr. President, Please donít forget the Kroo tribe as well
Violence & Disenfranchisement as 871 Voted out of 6,184 Registered in Sierra Leone's Bye Elections
Africa Confidential on Sierra Leone - Maada Bio Overthrew Strasser and Marketwomen Chased Bio from Power (16 Years Ago)
Libel against the Blydens: Philip Neville ďRepliesĒ
A Prologue to Part 2 of Charles Taylor: Sierra Leoneís Scapegoat
UN Security Councilís Words of Support - Kabbs-Kanu takes a look
Question from Sierra Leone for Diarmuid Jeffreys: Who is this man on Al Jazeeraís Timber Documentary?
Watch Sierra Leone Television Live on TV-Africa for 5 Euros/monthly
In Sierra Leone, Emmerson Commends Tejan Kabbah
No articles available.
No articles available.
Sierra Leone Police Officer Tayyib Bah was Unprocedurally Sacked by Opposition Candidate Headed Board 18 years ago
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
In Loving Memory Of Mr N. B. C. Foday
BBC Media Action seeks to strengthen production team in Sierra Leone (Job Opportunities)
Sierra Leonean Woman Dies at the Age of 105 Years
Marketing & Media - The Re-Branding of Sierra Leone
Office of the President's Chief of Staff seeks Reconciler for EITI Report
ĎU wan buy...? U wan sell...? - Sierra Leoneís first Sales/Ads website launched
Simple Mathematical Analysis in Sierra Leone Journalism Landscape
Letter to David Tam Baryoh from Silly Little Asma James
Sierra Leone's Ariogbo says:- Papa, Do Ya, Lef Da Pikin!

Copyright © 2005 - 2010, Awareness Times Sierra Leone; All Rights Reserved.
Hosted & Designed by West Africa Dot Net