The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

I would agree except I would say it is not just the people recruited to it, it was also the means of recruitment which was increasingly abduction of very young children, so that, for example - I mean I don't offer this as a scientific cross-system. There has been systematic sociological analysis of the composition of the RUF, but just as an anecdote, if I can put it that way, or a single example, the children I interviewed in 1998 in Freetown had been abducted at a very young age, 7, 8, 9 years old, and then gone through an initiation which brutalised them and I think it is only when one realises that that it becomes possible to say what was the state of mind of somebody who is prepared to cut off the hands of people who they have never met and against whom they have apparently no personal grudge, and who aren't even necessarily government supporters.

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