LS UN tank and sign that reads "Let's Rebuild Sierra Leone Together. Pak Batt 1."
Various ELS aerial shots from a helicopter of green land, rivers, lakes, coast line, and a city.
Interview with head of United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) Oluyemi Adeniji.
He talks about the establishment of UNAMSIL following the signature of the Lomé Peace Agreements in 1999. UNAMSIL was established to build confidence between
the government and the RUF, to build security and peace, and to deliver humanitarian assistance. Unfortunately they encountered lack of commitment from the leadership of the RUF, who did not
honor the agreement.
Ultimately, UN forces were increased so that the RUF could not pounce on the peacekeepers. Adeniji talks about how the British are re-building the Sierra
Leonean Army so that there is a national force to protect the peace when the peacekeeping mission withdraws. Adeniji also talks about the demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration of
ex-combatants and the upcoming election.
He describes the reinsertion packages and the reintegration programs, and his concern that there may not be enough resources to meet the financial needs of
the project. Adeniji says that while the DDR programs focus on ex-combatants, they will help ensure peace for everyone in the future. In response to a question about Foday Sankoh, Adeniji says
that part of the reason they have made so much progress is because of Sankoh's neutralization.
He says that nobody trusts Sankoh. Adeniji talks about some of the quick impact programs they have started for ex-combatants and youth in Kono to keep them
from resorting to diamond prospecting.
[Trip to Kono, part 5 of 5 - helicopter aerial shots / Interview with head of UNAMSIL Oluyemi Adeniji]
Footage from the conclusion of a trip to Kono district.
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