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By Michael D. Jackson

ISBN-10: 0822333015

ISBN-13: 9780822333012

In 2002, as Sierra Leone ready to announce the tip of its brutal civil warfare, the prestigious anthropologist, poet, and novelist Michael Jackson again to the rustic the place he had intermittently lived and labored as an ethnographer for the reason that 1969. whereas his preliminary drawback was once to aid his previous pal Sewa Bockarie (S. B.) Marah—a sought after determine in Sierra Leonean politics—write his autobiography, Jackson’s reviews in the course of his remain led him to create a extra advanced work: In Sierra Leone, a fantastically rendered mosaic integrating S. B.’s relocating tales with own reflections, ethnographic digressions, and meditations on heritage and violence.

Though the progressive United entrance (R.U.F.) ostensibly fought its warfare (1991–2002) opposed to corrupt govt, the folks of Sierra Leone have been its sufferers. by the point the struggle used to be over, greater than fifty thousand have been lifeless, millions extra have been maimed, and over a million have been displaced. Jackson relates the tales of political leaders and traditional humans attempting to salvage their lives and livelihoods within the aftermath of cataclysmic violence. Combining those along with his personal wisdom of African folklore, background, and politics and with S. B.’s bittersweet memories—of his family’s wealthy background, his imprisonment as a political detainee, and his place in numerous of Sierra Leone’s post-independence governments—Jackson has created a piece of elegiac, literary, and philosophical power.

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But tragically this is no longer the Fadugu I used to know. I cry in my heart when I see the devastation visited on this place by the ruf. Though I apologize for not arriving earlier this afternoon, I am glad to have been spared the sight of all the destruction here. For I am, as Mr. Sankoh just said, your brother, your son, your nephew, your grandson. And when you are related, you su√er whatever your kinsmen su√er. ’’ S. B. then introduced the various members of his entourage, myself included.

In the headlights of a police Land Rover I made out the stenciled words: ‘‘We the People of Kasunko chiefdom heartily welcome the Hon. S. B. ’’ As policemen and soldiers cleared a space in front of the 4-Runner, the great man was hoisted onto a litter, and carried shoulder high toward the covered market. It made me aware of how spurious it was to try to distinguish between chieftaincy and political power in S. ’s case. Indeed, in Kuranko, one is commonly assimilated to the other, political o≈ce being known as the white man’s chieftaincy (mansaiye).

Then brought his remarks to a close by observing that the government had waived some school fees and was subsidizing others, as well as supplying books and equipment to schools. ‘‘And the slpp has promised,’’ he added, ‘‘to upgrade roads, and provide agricultural equipment and potable water for Koinadugu. For all these reasons, Koinadugu should be solidly for the government of Alhaji Dr. ’’ As a libation was poured to inaugurate the cdf Wives Development Project, I got talking with the young man standing beside me.

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