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In pictures: Charles Taylor and the Liberia and Sierra Leone wars

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Item 51.1968; late 1790s, American, Dress of dark blue-green silk; low square-cut neck, fullness of bodice in front, gathered with a drawstring at neck and at waist; fullness of skirt in back in pleats; long sleeves; linen underbodice.


On 7 May 2000 1 PARA group less A company but reinforced by D Company 2 PARA was deployed to Sierra Leone at very short notice to evacuate UK and other civilians threatened by Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels and other insurgents around Freetown.


A young female former child soldier of the Revolutionary United Front lost her hand when RUF rebels chopped it off. The RUF was notorious for severing the limbs of those victims it did not murder, particularly children. Abducted child soldiers committed most of the atrocities.

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Cruel War: The Amputees Of Sierra Leone

Memunata Kanu stands at the Murray Town amputee camp August, 1999 near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Kanu, 2, was mutilated by the guerrilla forces of the Revolutionary United Front, and is the youngest known survivor of such an attack.

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World's Lasts

A first for the general public, the picture of the “mushroom cloud”? is a very accurate approximation of the enormous quantity of energy spread below. The first atomic bomb, released on August 6 in Hiroshima(Japan) killed about 80,000 people, but it didn’t seem enough because the Japanese didn’t surrender right away. Therefore, on August 9 another bomb was released above Nagasaki. The effects of the second bomb were even more devastating – 150,000 people were killed or injured.


The TIME Vault: 1955

Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty ImagesFarewell to departing troops at New York's Penn Station, April 1943.