Sierra Leone: War Wounds

In Africa, an ugly civil war leaves permanent scars

Sierra Leone's eight-year civil war has settled into an uneasy peace. But it has left a cruel legacy. At the height of the country's chaos this spring, rebel soldiers intensified an ugly ritual of amputations, seizing civilians and chopping off limbs. Human-rights groups estimate that thousands have been maimed in this fashion. Two of them told their stories to TIME's Malcolm Linton.

Issatu Kargbo is 13, one of seven children of farmer Alimany Kargbo, who moved last year to Samuel Town village, about 20 miles southeast of Freetown, because of fighting in his home area. The family lives in a shack...

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