Sierra Leone: The Sergeants' Coup

Sierra Leone, which had two army coups in quick succession a little more than a year ago, underwent another one of a somewhat different order last week. Officers had led the previous coups, but this time it was soldiers from the 1,600-man army who mutinied against their superiors and decided to take their turn at governing the country. Dissatisfied over low pay and poor living conditions, troops led by sergeants rose first in the town of Darn and then the capital of Freetown. At least twelve people were killed as a contingent of 300 men seized and threw into...