POLITICAL HISTORY OF SIERRA LEONE
POLITICAL INSTABILITY IN SIERRA LEONE
Sierra Leone is located on the west coast of Africa. Its name originated from the Portuguese explorer. Pedro Da Cintra initially gave the mane Sierra Lyoa in 1462, due to Sierra Leone’s mountainous landscape. Colonized by the British, Sierra Leone gained independence on April 27, 1961. Ironically, the independence of Sierra Leone gave way to a power struggle among politicians leading to political instability in the country with several coups.
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Sierra Leone, a country in the West Coast of Africa has gone through a bloody civil war that unleashed appalling brutality against the civil population for eleven years; starting from the 23rd March 1991 until the year 2000 when the Lome Peace Accord was reached, marking the end of the bitter war.
During this tragic period, our children were used as soldiers (locally referred to as pikin soldiers) to kill and maim innocent citizens. The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder associated with the aftermath of the war, and the absence or insufficient rehabilitation interventions have left the Sierra Leone community fragile for our people to undertake violent spree activities, as recently demonstrated during the Pa Demba Road Prison massacre of prisoners, on April 29, 2020, the indiscriminate killings of youths in Mile 91, Lunsar, Tombo, Tonko Limba, and Makeni communities; the numerous unlawful detention orchestrated by government operatives without regard to the rule of Law or adherence to the presumption of innocence contrary to section 23 (4) of the Constitution of Sierra Leone (Act No. 6) of 1991, and Article 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948.