During Sierra Leone’s 11-year civil war, as many as 27,000 people are estimated to have been disabled or lost limbs in brutal amputations by Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels. Marginalized by society,
This picture relates to the book because it shows a young man who had the initials RUF carved into his chest. "One of the messengers was a young man. They had carved their initials, RUF (Revolutionary United Front), on his body with a hot bayonet" (Beah 21)
Memunata Kanu stands at the Murray Town amputee camp August, 1999 near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Kanu, 2, was mutilated by the guerrilla forces of the Revolutionary United Front, and is the youngest known survivor of such an attack.
On 7 May 2000 1 PARA group less A company but reinforced by D Company 2 PARA was deployed to Sierra Leone at very short notice to evacuate UK and other civilians threatened by Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels and other insurgents around Freetown.