Well, again, by the end of May we were not tired; we started again. Without going to any of them, the children just came and we started and this time nobody asked us so we continued because they were still together and nobody disturbed us. We continued. The centre became functional again. We continued.
We were going to Freetown, coming. Again, not until 15 October, and shortly before 15 October I received a message from my director to help CRS because they were coming to distribute food in Makeni and from Makeni to supply all the villages along Makeni-Kabala highway. We started a venture, we did that in Makeni. We ended it. We were going to start the one at the villages from Makeni to Kabala and when the vehicles started arriving we asked them to stop by so that we can introduce them to some of the commanders, particularly in the centre of Makeni where the old bank was.
Well, we went there. We met AB Dugba who was commanding that office and, well, we introduced the drivers and those people who came from Freetown. Well, one of the drivers of this vehicle, who brought the food, had his money on his chest pocket and then somebody actually stole the money and he reported. So we reported the case to AB Dugba and the other people there. They searched around and they caught one of their men, one of their soldiers too, and he was shot on the leg. Immediately there was a little bit of panic so we hastened to get out of the office and proceed to do our work.
We continued. We started from the first village until we reached at - we were almost ending the supply at Binkolo when somebody came and said, "Hey, you are supplying here, but there is also another big fight in Makeni."
Well, we heard no shooting, we were far off - we thought - did not take it very seriously. Anyhow, we hastened to do the supply fast fast to move to the next village. We were in the next village again when somebody else met us and said, "This time the fight is heavier than all the fights that has taken place in Makeni."
Well, I told the drivers now, because the place where we were, the only way to go to - to go back to Freetown is either you go into Guinea or you go deep north and you can find your whatever way old roads, traditional roads, feeder roads, to go to Freetown. If you - some of you that manage to go to Port Loko, well, no problem. If you - some said they will come towards Makeni, there is a road at Panlap village, it is just about two miles from Makeni. If you can get there then you will have a way to go to Freetown through Port Loko. Otherwise, do whatever you can. We have stopped here. Because it is also at this time we saw some of the AFRC coming and those who first came, actually they were harmless. They only told us there is a big fight in Makeni. So for us, we thought it fit to go back to Makeni whatever road to see the centre, what was happening or what we could do again. And then we came to Panlap.
It is at Panlap we slept on the 15th. There was - and when we heard the shooting it was a heavy shooting again throughout and, to my estimation, this is the time they used the heavier weapons than all the attacks in Makeni. So we walked through our footpath; we came to the centre.
Well, again in the centre, some of the children have rejoined again their commanders. Others have scattered. It was only not even ten children we met and we asked them each to go his own way, but after the fighting they should come again because we had no security in the centre.
I went straight to the sisters' compound because it happened that also at this time the bishop was in Makeni and he was also stranded. The vehicle was taken by Gibril Massaquoi. He had no option. So we told him to go to - that we should go to one of the commanders who will protect him and two of the reverend fathers so that the person will - this commander will also find a way to get him out of Makeni to Freetown or Bumbuna and so we went to Superman and we met him. He received the bishop and he tried to let him get out of Makeni on the following day.
By the 17th, again there was announcement that Issa has ordered the atrocities, the shooting, whatever was going on to come to a close, to come to an end and, as I said, this infighting started on the 15th and ended on the 17th when they sent one of their G5 member to talk to the people to announce that, well, the infighting has ended. The AFRC has run away out of Makeni.
Instead, the following day, silently they were looking from one house to the other if there is any AFRC. Well, that was how this infighting ended in Makeni.