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I Did It to Save My LifeLove and Survival in Sierra Leone$
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Catherine E. Bolten

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273788

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273788.001.0001

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“I Must Be Grateful to Them for Freeing Me”

“I Must Be Grateful to Them for Freeing Me”

The Soldier

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I Did It to Save My Life

Catherine E. Bolten

University of California Press

A soldier narrates his betrayal by the government, revealed when his company was attacked by the Kamajors, a supposedly friendly force. Jailed and awaiting trial for treason, he was freed by a murderous group, the AFRC, staging a coup. He speaks of a moral struggle he had over giving his loyalty to the “thugs” who saved his life, and decided to run to Guinea. Giving himself up toward the end of the war, he was reintegrated into the army in an act of “appreciation,” as the government knew it could not win the war without loyal soldiers.

Keywords:   soldiers, Kamajors, coups, sobel, NPRC, AFRC, West Side Boys, reintegration

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