How has the international community's focus on Sierra Leone really affected its people? This speech by Dr Dennis Bright, given at the Conflict, Development and Peace Network Conference, explores the positive and negative impacts.
Women in Sierra Leone have experienced atrocities during the war but are traditionally disempowered to influence change. Khadija Alia Bah of Conciliation Resources describes the plight of rural females in this article.
Conflicts and power in Sierra Leone are intertwined with the control of its natural resources. This article, produced by Conciliation Resources, looks at the trade of the most precious of these: diamonds.
How likely is it that General Sani Abacha of Nigeria will lead a military offensive against the junta in Sierra Leone? This article from Conciliation Resources explores this and other topical questions related to Nigerian politics.
The levels of female life expectancy and literacy speak for themselves, as do accounts of experiences during war and economic hardship. This article by Conciliation Resources focuses on the plight Sierra Leonean women.
Celia McKeon of Conciliation Resources explains why local peace initiatives are so important and gives examples of success stories from Mali and Sierra Leone to illustrate their transformative potential.