IbrahimCP | Freetown,Sierra Leone English ,Krio

Was tribal identity, or diamonds, responsible for Sierra Leone’s 11-year conflict? #Sierra Leone #Mende #Temne # Limbase #tribe #tribal #conflict

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How did tribal identity become so important when Mendes from south and east, Temnes and Limbase from north have been marrying and moving around for years, where rival politicians attended the same schools and are part of the same social circles. Is this an invented identity? Yes and no. Tribal identity is deeply felt in Sierra Leone, but was not always violently manifest. Diamonds, greed, and resource competition motivated leaders to fan the flames--for their own benefit.

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