Sam Bockarie was one of the top leaders of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone. The RUF were reported to have conducted a violent campaign against the civilian population which consisted of collective executions, mutilations, amputations, sexual violence, forced labor in the diamond mines and in the enrollment and use of child soldiers.
This picture relates to the book because it shows a young man who had the initials RUF carved into his chest. "One of the messengers was a young man. They had carved their initials, RUF (Revolutionary United Front), on his body with a hot bayonet" (Beah 21)
Fatmata Kamara, 13-years-old from the Kono region, shows the scars on her chest left after she removed the initials RUF with caustic soda. She was 11 when RUF (Revolutionary United Front) rebels abducted her. The soldiers used children and young women as porters, cooks and sex slaves, or bush-wives. She was caught trying to escape and branded as an example to other abductees by her Commander “Benjamin”. She is now at St. Michael’s recuperation center outside Freetown.
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.
Sierra Leone has seen serious and grotesque human rights violations since 1991 when the civil war erupted. According to Human Rights Watch, over 50,000 people had been killed. The RUF (Revolutionary United Front) insurgents executed untold suffering, one of the most infamous being the chopping of arms. This inhuman act has become synonymous of the brutality of the Sierra Leone Civil war.
A 12-year-old victim of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) was taken from her village at ten and forced into sexual servitude. When she attempted to escape they used battery acid to burn off her breast as an example to the other slaves. Photographer: Brent Stirton #brentstirton #photojournalism via Oneshot on Instagram - #photographer #photography #photo #instapic #instagram #photofreak #photolover #nikon #canon #leica #hasselblad #polaroid #shutterbug #camera #dslr #visualarts…