Sierra Leone: August 1, 2001


A one day record of one thousand rebels laid down their weapons in the diamond region (250 kilometers east of the capital.) This is where most of the RUF rebels live, because it is where the money (diamonds) is. A total of 8,000 rebels and government militiamen have disarmed so far, and the number has recently gone up day by day. But RUF diehards are now becoming more hostile to disarmament, and allowing government troops and police into the diamond region.  


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