The Lethal Legacy of West Africa’s Regional Warriors
The lives of “regional warriors” are documented in this 66-page report. Based on interviews with some 60 former fighters who have crossed borders to fight in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea, the report explores the forces driving the phenomenon of cross-border mercenary activity in West Africa.
N.B. An article published in the English edition of Le Monde Diplomatique in March 2008, "Sierra Leone: Revenge and reconciliation" by Angela Robson, extensively drew on this report and cited its author, Corinne Dufka. For this article, Angela Robson won a 2008 Lorenzo Natali Prize, awarded by the European Commission "for outstanding reporting on Human Rights, Democracy and Development."
- Youth, Poverty and Blood:
- I. Summary
- II. Recommendations
- III. Context
- IV. The Recruiters, Their Promises, the Lure
- V. Regional Warriors and Human Rights Abuses
- VI. Current Theaters: Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire
- VII. Problems in the Disarmament Programs in Sierra Leone and Liberia [1998-2005]
- VIII. Conclusion
- IX. Acknowledgements