Yes. As I mentioned, the offensive marked the most concentrated and intense period of human rights abuses in Sierra Leone's war. It brought to the capital city the same types of atrocious acts that had been committed in other parts of the country and some of which have been referred to in our report "Sowing Terror." It was characterised by systematic, widespread perpetration of numerous classes of human rights abuses against all different ages of people and both men and women and children of all ages.
The abuses included murder and numerous massacres. I documented numerous massacres of civilians by the rebel forces. These included a massacre of some 60 individuals who had been sheltering inside a mosque in Kissy on January 22nd. The killing of some 19 - yes, excuse me, an attack on a family on January 6th, the first day that the offensive occurred, in which all six children and one grandchild of a family had been gunned down. The killing of some - the January 19th attack on a church in Wellington in which 12 people were gunned down and a January 21st attack on a compound, a family compound, in Kissy in which some 17 individuals had been killed.
The killing occurred in numerous different ways and people appeared to have been targeted at random. They were killed in churches, in mosques, in houses where they were sheltering. They were - including children, including infants were thrown into burning fires. People were - people's houses were set on fire and then rebels posted themselves outside so that they could not attack - they could not escape. I documented cases of people being thrown out of their windows of the third or so storey of a building.
Of people being mutilated. We documented 97 mutilations. This was a quite common feature of this offensive. 97 mutilations including 26 double arm amputations. We documented some 11 or 12 amputations of children, including the youngest one about a year and a half.
Also there was widespread and systematic sexual abuse against girls and women in which there were rebel operations that were - appeared to be launched by the rebels to go out into the communities, driving around from house to house, picking up girls including many who were 13, 14, 15, 16 and then taking these girls back to rebel bases throughout Freetown where they were subjected to repeated and often brutal forms of sexual abuse including individual and gang rape and sexual slavery.
I also document cases of women having objects put in their vaginas including burning wood, umbrellas. The hospital records indicated two cases of women who had been shot through their vaginas and died subsequently.
We also documented violations of medical neutrality where rebels went into the main hospital, Connaught Hospital, and kicked patients out of their beds and threatened doctors and nurses with death if the wounded combatants expired and then made that hospital their base and then destroyed and looted medicines.
I documented massive looting and pillage. I heard untold numbers of testimonies of civilians who were hit with wave, after wave, after wave of rebels coming in and looting and stealing from them. Many people were killed in the context of these raids. When they could not produce money or goods to give to the rebels they were often shot and killed. The same was the case if mothers and fathers refused to give up their sons or their daughters to the rebels for the purpose of abduction.
Speaking of abduction, there were - it's hard to say how many people were abducted from Freetown when the rebels were pushed out of the city by ECOMOG in late January. It was over a thousand according to government records and according to UNICEF records they'd registered some 500 - over 500 children and then the ministry of gender and children's affairs registered some 1,500 people who were missing. Many of those remained with the rebels for quite a long time. So --