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When we went to the crossing point from - because at that time the level of the water had gone down considerably just where the ferry was. The whole place, there was some water, but the level of water had gone down considerably exposing the sand. So we met Mosquito and others on the sand dancing so that they will cajole us to cross over to them. Because they went there with native dancing - native musical instruments. They were paying those native instruments in order to have us in.

So we actually did not want to cross at all because we still were not too sure of them, because we knew them from day one. But when we got there, Ambassador Jabbie was overtaken by excitement. He was overtaken by excitement. He decided to cross over to them. When we were trying to buy time to make sure that we have them over there, he crossed over to them thinking that with all those gifts there was no way they will be insincere with the programme we met them for. He crossed over to them.

We - they found it very difficult for us to cross, but we had - we believed that if we had refused to cross, they were not going to release that man, Ambassador Jabbie, at all. And having captured Ambassador Jabbie was going to put us in trouble with the Government of Sierra Leone, because basically we thought that if we returned back to Sierra Leone, they were going to say that we took the ambassador to our fighters so they can arrest him, they can abduct him. So the only option that was left to us was to cross over to them. I was the last person to cross, actually.

As soon as we crossed over to them, we left the beach, we went right on the Sierra Leonean side of the border. Then Mosquito put his pistol up and fired three times in the air, saying that RUF had won the day. So then a whole army - about 1,000 of his armed men, because he had taken 1,000 - according to what they told us later on, he had actually gone there with 1,500 armed men to lay in ambush before us, because they were saying that if they went with a very small number of armed men they were going to be attacked by the Guinean military authorities. So they took that number to the crossing point.

So we were arrested, all our documents taken from us. They actually put the rice - the rice we took for them - to them, they gave us a bag each to cross with, but they knew that most of us were agreeable. When we crossed to - sorry, when we reached Buedu, that was where they were waiting for us. When we crossed to Buedu, they took the rice bags from us, but they removed our shoes and we had to walk barefooted from that crossing point.

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