Sierra Leone: February 23, 2001


In the past few weeks, some 34,000 Sierra Leone refugees have returned from camps in Guinea, mainly to escape the fighting there. The army has increaded it's activity in the area, to protect the refugees from armed marauders (rebels and bandits, although it is often difficult to tell the difference.) Over a thousand people, mainly civilians, have died in the Guinea border are in the past five months.


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