The Sierra Leone Web


The Sierra Leone Conflict

The Sierra Leone Conflict took place from 23 March 1991, when fighters of the Revolutionary United Front attacked the town of Bomaru in Kailahun District, to 18 January 2002, when the war was officially declared over at a ceremony in Lungi.

The documents below, from the elected Government of Sierra Leone/Government in Exile and others, were sent to the Sierra Leone Web during the conflict. They have been saved in PDF format.

GOSL Statements and Documents
Speeches and press releases from President Kabbah's government prior to and during his government-in-exile and Conakry, and following its restoration.

AFRC and RUF Statements and Documents
Speeches, press releases and letters, 1997-1999.

Other Statements and Documents
Speeches, statements, documents, and testimony from the political opposition, other governments, and the United Nations.

Photos from the Conflict
Images of atrocities and damage from the war.

The Road to Peace

Ceasefire Agreements and Peace Accords
Abidjan Accord (November 1996), Conakry Accord (October 1997), Ceasefire Agreement (April 1999), Lome Accord (July 1999), and the Abuja Ceasefire Agreement (November 2000).

TRC Final Report
The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

TRC Report: A Senior Secondary School Version
A school textbook version of the TRC Report, produced by the Truth and Reconciliation Working Group.

Key TRC Testimonies
TRC testimony by then-President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, then-Minority Leader Ernest Bai Koroma, Derek Smith (on behalf of the British High Commission) and U.S. Ambassador Peter Chaveas.

After the Peace

2 July 2003
Statment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by U.S. Ambassador Peter R. Chaveas.

2 July 2003
British Government Statement to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone.

27 August 2003
Remarks by Ambssador Peter R. Chaveas on the occasion of the launching of the Kono Peace Diamond Alliance, Koidu.

5 August 2003
"Promotion National Reconciliation and National Reintegration (Including Reparation)" - Statement to the TRC by then-APC leader and Parliamentary Minority Leader Ernest Bai Koroma.

16 April 2003
Speech by the British High Commissioner at the Queen's Birthday Party.

March 2003
Campaign for Good Government poll on attitudes towards the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

22 February 2002
"The Voter Registration Process" - Report by the Campaign for Good Governance.

13 February 2002
Former Ambassador Joseph Melrose: "U.S. Government role in fighting the conflict diamond trade."