The Outbreak of War In Sierra Leone.

By Sankara Kamara…..

Today, March 23, 2021, marks the thirtieth anniversary of the invasion of Sierra Leone by Charles Taylor’s rebel group, triggering a war which lasted almost eleven years.

As a militarily unprotected country, Sierra Leone was a regrettably soft target.

After series of forages into Sierra Leonean villages in Kissi Teng and Kissi Tongi Chiefdoms, Charles Taylor’s rebel group observed that a poorly-governed country, Sierra Leone can be attacked without consequences.

The main border town in Kissi Teng Chiefdom, Koindu, for example, was left undefended by President Joseph Saidu Momoh, even as Charles Taylor went on the BBC to announce his military intentions against Sierra Leone.

There were less than 30 soldiers in Koindu before the invasion, an unforgivable treachery on President Momoh’s part.

Thanks to one USELESS Sierra Leonean PRESIDENT after another, Koindu, a town bordering Liberia and Guinea and very close to Yenga, still exists as a frontier without a military barracks.

Outgunned and outnumbered, the 20-something soldiers in Koindu performed a tactical retreat when we were attacked on March 23, 1991.

In military circles, a “tactical retreat” can be conducted for SEVERAL reasons, including withdrawal to avoid a confrontation that could capacitate an enemy to inflict demoralizing casualties.

Thirty years after Sierra Leone was INVADED, humiliated and BLOODIED, the INTERNAL factors which hastened our collapse into war are still in full swing.

A poorly-trained and ill-equipped army, lack of NATIONALISM in our politics, criminal politicians acting like mercenaries looting a conquered country, tribalism, lack of credible national institutions, embezzlement of public funds and abandonment of the MASSES in man-made poverty, are still suffocating Sierra Leone like an anaconda squeezing its prey with purposeful cruelty.

Simply put, our POLITICAL SYSTEM did NOT learn ANY lesson from the bloodcurdling WAR which began on March 23, 1991. Sierra Leone is, indeed, a politically unfortunate country!

© Sankara Kamara