[Interview with General Issa Sesay / Makeni b-roll, part 3 of 5 - street scenes and signs]

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    Title:[Interview with General Issa Sesay / Makeni b-roll, part 3 of 5 - street scenes and signs]
    Abstract:Interview with Issa Sesay, former General and interim leader of the RUF. He talks about the disarmament of the RUF. His bodyguards are at the DDR camp in Makeni going through the disarmament process. He talks about transforming to political party, and opening offices in Sierra Leone. They are preparing for the national election, and running Foday Sankoh for president. He says that they are praying for his release so he can run. He talks about the challenges of registering to vote. He believes there will be free and fair elections. He says that he is satisfied that the people of Sierra Leone have said that the RUF had the right to take up arms against corruption in the country. He talks about the changes in Makeni, as people are returning home. Speaking about the Special Court and atrocities, Sesay says that the Special Court must look at all groups involved in the crisis, not just the RUF. He says that until 1991-1996 there were no atrocities; atrocities only started happening when they joined the national army in 1997. He says that the CDF committed more atrocities than the RUF, and that he did not personally commit any atrocities. In response to a question about violence against women, he says that the RUF considers rape to be a very serious crime and that the RUF does not allow its men to commit rape. In regards to child combatants, he says that they did not use children to fight, but that they took care of and educated the children. Sesay talks about his hopes for ex-combatants to be re-integrated into society. Tape also includes b-roll of Makeni.
    Sequence:3 of 5
    • WITNESSRole: Creator
    • OxygenRole: Creator
    • WITNESSRole: Copyright holder
    • Issa SesayRole: Interviewee
    • Lilibet FosterRole: Director
    • Binta MansarayRole: Consultant
    University of Texas Libraries
    Date Created:2002/01/25
    Topics:armed conflict and persecution
    armed conflict and persecution--weapons
    armed conflict and persecution--peacebuilding
    armed conflict and persecution--sexual violence
    armed conflict and persecution--child soldiers
    Named Entities:Revolutionary United Front (RUF)
    Civil Defence Forces (CDF) [Sierra Leone]
    Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC)
    Foday Sankoh
    Geographic Focus:Africa--Sierra Leone--Makeni
    Geographic Base:Africa--Sierra Leone
    Type of Resource:Moving image
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    Continues from [Makeni b-roll, part 1 of 5 - disarmament of combatants] [2].

    Continues with [Makeni b-roll, part 4 of 5 - market / fire along road / soccer match].