For fifteen years, until March 2014, UN peacekeepers held the place together, getting their marching orders from the UN in 2010, when it was determined that the government was finally in control, the rebel army had been decommissioned, and reconciliation was progressing.
Sierra Leone is also famous for its “blood diamonds”, which is to say the trafficking of diamonds across the border to pay the costs of the rebel army. Sierra Leone is less famous for having provided the major embarkation point for west African slaves.
|Model Naomi Campbell sporting one of the blood diamonds gifted to her by Charles Taylor|
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