Peacekeepers in Peril

In embattled Africa, terror stalks U.N. troops as rebels go on a rampage, this time in Sierra Leone

What always seems to wreck Africa's hopes is that so few of its strongmen are really interested in peace. Foday Sankoh and his Revolutionary United Front rampaged across Sierra Leone for nearly a decade, hacking the limbs off countless civilians in a blood-soaked quest for power. Sick of the slaughter, members of the international community brokered a peace pact that last July ultimately gave the rebels amnesty, a share in government power and a piece of the country's diamond wealth. It apparently wasn't enough, so violence has erupted again in poor, shattered Sierra Leone. And this time it has engulfed the...

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