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Operation Fine Girl footage



Descriptive Summary

Creator Witness (organization), Oxygen Network (organization)
Title Operation Fine Girl Footage
Dates: 2001-2002
Abstract The Operation Fine Girl Footage collection contains the documentary production of Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone in both English and Krio, a shorter excerpt of the film, unedited footage of interviews and b-roll footage shot during the production of the film.
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Extent 60 videos
Language Krio, English, Arabic
Repository Human Rights Documentation Initiative, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone was produced in 2001 by and for the Oxygen network's Worth The Risk series, in partnership with WITNESS, who paired Binta Mansaray, their local partner in Sierra Leone, and Academy Award nominated director Lilibet Foster to make the documentary. Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used As a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone aired on Oxygen TV on Sunday, 9 December 2001 at 7:00 p.m. and was excerpted at www.witness.org.

The documentary examines the widespread and strategic use of rape and sexual violence against women—many of them young girls and teenagers—during the civil war in Sierra Leone that took place from 1991-2002 between the Sierra Leonean Army (SLA) and the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Throughout Sierra Leone’s civil war, many women were abducted by rebels, sexually enslaved, and forced to become “rebel wives,” in addition to performing domestic chores and being trained as fighters. Rape and sexual violence were tactics used by the rebels to terrorize the civilian population.“Operation Fine Girl,” refers to a specific and targeted operation carried out by the rebels to find and abduct young girls.

Through interviews with survivors of sexual violence, former child soldiers, doctors who treat survivors of sexual violence, NGO representatives and representatives of the Sierra Leonean government, Operation Fine Girl shows how rebel soldiers targeted women during the civil war not for reasons of ethnic or religious differences but solely because they were women. The documentary focuses on the personal stories of four Sierra Leoneans—a 14 year old mother, a female teacher, and a teenage prostitute (all survivors of sexual violence); and a boy child soldier—each of whom were abducted and held against their will by rebel soldiers. The youngest of the interviewees recounts the story of how she was abducted from her home, gang raped and sexually enslaved at the age of eight. The young man reveals how he was abducted, forced to become a soldier and fed drugs that made him “feel like doing bad things,” such as killing.

Operation Fine Girl also includes the first interview with RUF spokesman Colonel Gibril Massakhoi, who addresses questions about the treatment of women by his troops, beginning with a denial of their actions, and then a contradictory defense of their treatment of women. Colonel Massakhoi’s attitude towards rape exposes one of the reasons for the continued use of rape in war—rape is viewed as an expected byproduct of war rather than a crime against humanity. The documentary reveals that some local groups and international experts believe that the most effective way to change this attitude globally is to recognize and prosecute rape in a post-war special court.

Witness co-produced Operation Fine Girl in order to support the efforts in Sierra Leone to increase the funding to provide pyscho-social support and health care to the estimated 500,00 survivors of rape in the country.


Scope and Contents Note

This collection is divided into two main series:

   Series 1, Edited Production Footage, 2001

This series contains the WITNESS co-production, Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone in both Krio and English, and excerpts of the full-length film. Abstracts are provided by WITNESS. Videos are ordered alphabetically by title.

   Series 2, Unedited Footage, 2001-2002

This series contains unedited footage of interviews that were conducted for the documentary as well as b-roll footage from Sierra Leone. Abstracts are provided by WITNESS. Videos are ordered alphabetically by title.

Subseries 1, Interview Footage, 2001

This subseries contains interview footage from the b-roll footage from the Operation Fine Girl Footage collection. Abstracts are provided by WITNESS. Videos are ordered alphabetically by title.

Subseries 2, B-roll Footage, 2001-2002

This subseries contains Non-interview b-roll footage from the Operation Fine Girl Footage collection. Includes event footage and footage of scenes from daily life. Abstracts are provided by WITNESS. Videos are ordered alphabetically by title.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Seven videos within this collection have access restrictions and are not available for viewing through the Human Rights Documentation Initiative’s website.

Use Restrictions

These materials are made available by the University of Texas Libraries solely for the purposes of research, teaching and private study. All intellectual property rights are retained by the legal copyright holders. The University of Texas does not hold the copyright to the content of this file. Formal permission to reuse or republish this content must be obtained from the copyright holder.


Index Terms

The is classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Subjects (Persons)
Foster, Lilibet
Mansaray, Binta
Witness (Organization)
Subjects
Rape--Africa.
Rape victims--Africa--Biography.
Sierra Leone--History--Civil War, 1991-2002--Participation, Juvenile.
Sierra Leone--History--Civil War, 1991-2002--Women.
Places
Kono--Sierra Leone--District
Sierra Leone

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: [Name of video], Operation Fine Girl Footage, Human Rights Documentation Initiative, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin, [link to video if applicable].


Box and Folder Inventory

 

I. Edited Production Footage 2001
(3 videos)

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2739 A01253
Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone [English version]
English language version of Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone. This video was titled, produced and directed for WITNESS and Oxygen by Academy Award nominee Lilibet Foster with WITNESS partner, Binta Mansaray. It documents the use of rape as a weapon of war in Sierra Leone. The story is told through the eyes the survivors - women and girls, as well as child soldiers and perpetrators. [Run time 47:13]
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3049 B01505
Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone [Krio version]
This is the Krio language version of Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone. This video was titled, produced and directed for WITNESS and Oxygen by Academy Award nominee Lilibet Foster with WITNESS partner, Binta Mansaray. It documents the use of rape as a weapon of war in Sierra Leone. The story is told through the eyes the survivors - women and girls, as well as child soldiers and perpetrators. [Run time 46:15]
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2739 B00020
Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone [English version], Excerpts
Excerpts from the film Operation Fine Girl: Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone. The film looks at the Sierra Leone civil conflict through the stories of four survivors: three women who survived abduction, rape and enslavement by rebel forces, and one young boy, abducted and forced to become a killer himself. [Run time 14:03]



 

II. Unedited Footage, 2001-2002
(57 videos)

I. Interview Footage, 2001-2002
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792 B00415
[Dr. Mike Kamara in hospital and office b-roll and interview, part 2 of 2]
Footage shot at Cottage Hospital of Dr. Mike K. Kamara (Consultant Obstetrician & Gynecologist at the Cottage Hospital) is examining his female patients. Contains an impromptu interview with Dr. Kamara. [Run time 34:31]
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824 B00447
[Trip to Kono, part 5 of 5 - helicopter aerial shots / Interview with head of UNAMSIL Oluyemi Adeniji]
Footage from the conclusion of a trip to Kono district, including an interview with Oluyemi Adeniji, the head of UNAMSIL.[Run time 42:04]
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802 B00425
[Interview with Aminata Bangura], part 1
Interview with Aminata Bangura, a 15-year old girl from Kabala. She was abducted by SLA soldiers when she was 10 years old. She tells the interviewer that many other girls and boys were also abducted. Her abductors raped her, and it was only later when she was in Freetown that she discovered that she was 4 months pregnant. Her father wanted her to have an abortion, but eventually accepted the situation and allowed her to have the child. Aminata recounts the time she spent in the bush when she was abducted. She was ordered to take part in combat and in looting. Boys would use the guns, while women were primarily used as sex objects, and were also trained to clean and pack weapons. She recalls that her abductors wanted to overthrow the government, and that she saw them commit rape, cut people's hands, burn down houses, and kill. Aminata and a few other girls eventually escaped to Freetown on foot. When she returned home, she learned that her mother had been killed. Her new stepmother and her stepsister did not treat her well. Cooperazione Internationale (COOPI) rented an independent living unit for her and enrolled her in training to be a tailor. She says she is now living a normal life. [Run time 43:43]
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803 B00426
[Interview with Aminata Bangura], part 2
Interview with Aminata Bangura, part 2. Aminata Bangura talks about COOPI and how it helped reunite her with her family and obtain an independent living situation. She hopes to have peace in her country. She wants people to know what the perpetrators have done, but she also argues that the perpetrators are "our brothers" whom she prays for. Tape also includes footage of Aminata around her home and with neighbors, going through some daily tasks in her house, taking care of her baby, posing for the camera with her baby and smiling. Additional shots: exterior of the hospital, "Abie" sitting down at the hair salon with the hairdresser. [Run time 36:37]
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800 B00423
[Interview with Dr. Marta Bernassola], part 1 of 2
Interview with Dr. Marta Bernassola from Cooperazione Internationale (COOPI) and Holy Mary Children's Clinic. She talks about how women have been targeted in the war, and how girls as young as twelve are subjected to rape and sexual abuse. She talks about social problems that children coming from DDR camps face because of the many years they have spent in the bush.[Run time 10:14]
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801 B00424
[Interview with Dr. Marta Bernassola], part 2 of 2
>Part 2 of interview with Dr. Marta Bernassola from Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) and Holy Mary Children's Clinic. She talks about why women were targeted in the war, the need for the country to heal, the importance of prosecution and reconciliation, and why she started the clinic. The last part of the tape is b-roll of the exterior of the clinic and the interior of rooms in the Outpatient Department. [Run time 27:33]
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744 B00569
[Interview with Corinne Dufka], part 1 of 2
Interview with Corinne Dufka (Researcher, Human Rights Watch) discussing topics such as rape and violence against women in the context of war crimes in Sierra Leone. [Run time 37:09]
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745 B00368
[Interview with Corinne Dufka], part 2 of 2
Part 2 of interview with Corinne Dufka (Researcher, Human Rights Watch) discussing topics such as rape and violence against women in the context of war crimes in Sierra Leone. Additional footage from a soccer match between Sierra Leone and Ghana. [Run time 36:22]
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822 B00445
[Trip to Kono district, part 4 of 5 - Interviews with Mohamed Jabbie and Prince Kai Sa'Quee]
Interviews shot during a trip to Kono district. [Run time 40:01]
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733 B00644
[Interview with John at M and M Machete Shop], part 1 of 2
John is an 18 year old boy that is interviewed in this tape at his current workspace by Binta Mansaray,who conducts the actual interview with the young man in his local dialect/language, and translates it on the spot to an English-speaking interviewer (most likely Lilibet Foster)[Run time 34:53]
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734 B00357
[Interview with John at M and M Machete Shop], part 2 of 2
Interview with John at M and M machete shop, part 2. 18 year old John is interviewed in this tape at his current workspace by Binta Mansaray (who conducts the interview with him in their local dialect/language) and who further translates it on the spot to English-speaking interviewer (Lilibet Foster, most likely) In this tape, John speaks about their training as child soldiers, the gun raids that they conducted to villages, committing atrocities, stealing girls for their wives, and whether all this was explained to them by their captors, their living conditions then, and how they live their lives now. [Run time 34:35]
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797 B00420
[Interview with Septimus Kai Kai], part 1 of 2
Interview with Septimus Kai Kai (Professor and Spokesman for President of Sierra Leone). He talks about the Lome Accord and peace process, the Abuja Accord, disarmament, how crimes against women will be addressed under the Special Court, the political situation, Foday Sankoh and the Revolutionary United Front's (RUF) role in the war and peace process and government, the role of the British, United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), education, and more.[Run time 34:53]
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798 B00421
Interview with Septimus Kai Kai, part 2 of 2. This video is restricted. This tape contains part 2 of an interview with Dr. Septimus Kai Kai (Professor and Spokesman for President of Sierra Leone). He talks about government support, reparations, and programs for women victims of the war and for ex-combatants. He also talks about the Special Court in relation to women and to the RUF, and about working with the British. The remainder of the tape contains footage taken outside of the building of the Ministry of Defense in Freetown, and footage of "Abie" and Aminata. [Run time 36:27]
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793 B00416
[Interview with Dr. Mike Kamara], part 1 of 3
Interview with Dr. Mike Kamara, OBGYN at Cottage Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Kamara speaks of his experience treating victims of rape, sexual violence and gender-based atrocities, AIDS and HIV, malaria, trauma, and more, from both a medical and societal perspective.[Run time 36:59]
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794 B00417
[Interview with Dr. Mike Kamara], part 2 of 3
Part 2 of an interview with Dr. Mike Kamara, OBGYN at Cottage Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone, part 2 of 2. Kamara speaks of his experience treating victims of rape, sexual violence and gender-based atrocities, AIDS and HIV, malaria, trauma, and more, from both a medical and societal perspective. [Run time 37:41]
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795 B00418
This video is restricted. [5/14/2001] End of interview with Dr. Mike Kamara, OBGYN at Cottage Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The rest of it contains shots of "Abie" B-roll includes: CU shots of "Abie", one of the women profiled in OPERATION FINE GIRL, posing for the camera, and smiling. [5/15/2001] VS work on farm, where two women are bundling leaves [very nice shots with vibrant colors] / MS and CU of woman making bundles / women collecting something near overpass / woman sitting behind stand with kerosene flame burning / early evening shot of two women in street selling food. [Run time 20:50]
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768 B00391
[Interview with Johnny Paul Koroma], part 1 of 2
Interview with Johnny Paul Koroma, ex-leader of the AFRC and Chairman of the Commission for the Consolidation of Peace (CCP) in Sierra Leone. He talks about the possibility of achieving peace, the origins of the war, his leadership of the AFRC, the effects of the war on women and society, his hopes for reconciliation, and the roles that natural resources and Liberia played in the war.[Run time 37:15]
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769 B00392
This video is restricted. Part 2 and end of interview with Johnny Paul Koroma, ex-leader of the AFRC and Chairman of the Commission for the Consolidation of Peace (CCP) in Sierra Leone. He talks about the possibility of achieving peace, the origins of the war, his leadership of the AFRC, the effects of the war on women and society, his hopes for reconciliation, and the roles that natural resources and Liberia played in the war."Omaru" going about his day / general b-roll of town scenes (with sewing, ironing, town streets, etc.) / "Omaru" gets water, washes himself in the street and enters the house / "Omaru" is inside the house, he dries himself and puts on clothes / group of people outside "Omaru's" house / "Omaru" is inside, he leaves the house and is walking down the street / "Omaru" walking through village / "Omaru" walking / VS of Firestone community and school / man ironing / street scenery / toddler with mother and father / woman ironing / "Omaru" walking through busy street, down dirt alleyway. [Run time 40:35]
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781 B00404
This video is restricted. Part 1 of the second interview with Johnny Paul Koroma, former leader of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), and Chairman of the Commission for the Consolidation of Peace. Koroma talks about the Lome Peace Accord, the origins of the war, the AFRC's relationship with the RUF, human rights violations committed by the AFRC, the challenges to peace, and his views on Foday Sankoh's release and the reintegration of the RUF. [Run time 37:51]
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782 B00405
[Second Interview with Johnny Paul Koroma]part 2 of 2
Part 2 of the second interview with Johnny Paul Koroma, former leader of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), and Chairman of the Commission for the Consolidation of Peace. Koroma talks about the reintegration of the AFRC into the political system, the RUF, his hopes peace and reintegration in the country, and specifically for women affected by the war. [Run time 28:21]
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764 B00387
[Interview with Dr. Bailah Leigh], part 1 of 2
Interview with Dr. Bailah Leigh, Director General of Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs in Sierra Leone. He discusses the role and position of women in Sierra Leone society, the effects of the war on women and children, and reintegration programs for boys and girls, and the work of the Ministry. [Run time 37:15]
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765 B00388
[Interview with Dr. Bailah Leigh], part 2 of 2
Part 2 of interview with Dr. Bailah Leigh, Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs Director General. He discusses the role and position of women in Sierra Leone society, the effects of the war on women and children, and reintegration programs for boys and girls, and the work of the Ministry. [Run time 36:41]
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739 B00362
[Interview with Kelvin Lewis], part 1 of 2
Interview with Kelvin Lewis (Journalist, Radio France Int. & AWOKO newspaper). He talks about the history of the Revolutionary (RUF), Foday Sankoh, Charles Taylor. the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC), the Armed Forced Revolutionary Council (AFRC), Johnny Paul Koroma, the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG). He talks about the atrocities committed, especially violence against women and girls. [Run time 40:13]
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740 B00363
[Interview with Kelvin Lewis], part 2 of 2
Part 1 of Interview with Kelvin Lewis (Journalist, Radio France Int. and AWOKO newspaper). He talks about the history of the Revolutionary (RUF), Foday Sankoh, Charles Taylor. the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC), the Armed Forced Revolutionary Council (AFRC), Johnny Paul Koroma, the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG). He talks about the atrocities committed, especially violence against women and girls. [Run time 40:13]
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783 B00406
[Interview with RUF spokesperson Gibril Massaquoi], part 1 of 2
Interview with Gibril Massaquoi, Revolutionary United Front (RUF) spokesperson. He talks about the war, the Lomé Peace Accord, disarmament and reintegration of the RUF into the political system, the targeting of women via rape and abduction, the role of women within the RUF. He makes qualified denial that the RUF participated in worst atrocities, and talks about how AFRC and SLA also committed atrocities. [Run time 36:50]
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784 B00407
[Interview with RUF spokesperson Gibril Massaquoi], part 2 of 2
Part 2 of the interview with Gibril Massaquoi, Revolutionary United Front (RUF) spokesperson. He talks about rape behind RUF lines, the Kamajors, the role of diamonds in the conflict, how the RUF might be reintegrated into the country, and why Foday Sankoh should be released. B-roll from a UNAMSIL (United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone) camp. [Run time 36:21]
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809 B00432
[Interview with General Issa Sesay / Makeni b-roll, part 3 of 5 - street scenes and signs]
Interview with Issa Sesay, former General and interim leader of the RUF. He talks about the disarmament of the RUF. His bodyguards are at the DDR camp in Makeni going through the disarmament process. He talks about transforming to political party, and opening offices in Sierra Leone. They are preparing for the national election, and running Foday Sankoh for president. He says that they are praying for his release so he can run. He talks about the challenges of registering to vote. He believes there will be free and fair elections. He says that he is satisfied that the people of Sierra Leone have said that the RUF had the right to take up arms against corruption in the country. He talks about the changes in Makeni, as people are returning home. Speaking about the Special Court and atrocities, Sesay says that the Special Court must look at all groups involved in the crisis, not just the RUF. He says that until 1991-1996 there were no atrocities; atrocities only started happening when they joined the national army in 1997. He says that the CDF committed more atrocities than the RUF, and that he did not personally commit any atrocities. In response to a question about violence against women, he says that the RUF considers rape to be a very serious crime and that the RUF does not allow its men to commit rape. In regards to child combatants, he says that they did not use children to fight, but that they took care of and educated the children. Sesay talks about his hopes for ex-combatants to be re-integrated into society. Tape also includes b-roll of Makeni.[Run time 38:28]
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737 B00360
[Interview with Christiana Thorpe], part 1 of 2
An inside interview with Christiana Thorpe, former Minister of Education and presently the Director of Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) School and Rehabilitation Center for Women. Thorpe touches upon issues like: how the organization came about, about its background and the their primary concern with school-going children from war-affected areas as well as the slums, providing shelter and education, how they deal with most girls and what shape they might be in, the war atrocities in general, she also talks about the babies that come out of this war situation, their healing process and their future. [Run time 38:14]
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738 B00361
[Interview with Christiana Thorpe], part 2 of 2
Part two of an interview with Christiana Thorpe, Director of Director of Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) School and Rehabilitation Center for Women, continued. Thorpe speaks about justice for women in Sierra Leone, and the ways of reintegrating women that have been raped back into a community system, and how they can deal with their life in a broader context. [Run time 39:20]
II. B-roll Footage, 2001-2002
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799 B00422
[Aminata at sewing school]
This tape contains footage of Aminata at sewing school, her teacher and some of the rest of her fellow students. [Run time 26:18]
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778 B00401
[Barbara b-roll - IDPs in boats/soldiers]
Continuation of footage of daily life from a trip to Barbara, a village that is home to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). [Run time 38:14]
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779 B00402
[Barbara b-roll - shots on Lungi Peninsula]
Continuation of footage of daily life from a trip to Barbara, a village that is home to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). [Run time 38:32]
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777 B00400
[Barbara b-roll - Woman washes / woman prepares fish / girl walks with wood on head / builders on roof with palm branches]
Continuation of footage of daily life from a trip to Barbara, a village that is home to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). [Run time 38:32]
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776 B00399
[Barbara b-roll - Women collect wood / fishing village / boats on wharf / boy fishes from boat / man paddles up and unloads wood / woman cleans rice / men fix nets]
Footage of daily life from a trip to Barbara, a village which is home to many Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). [Run time 39:59]
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790 B00413
[British soldiers training in Sierra Leonean Army], part 1 of 2
This tape contains footage of the Sierra Leonean Army (SLA) being trained by British soldiers. [Run time 39:08]
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791 B00414
[British soldiers training in Sierra Leonean Army], part 2 of 2
The video shows Sierra Leone's national army doing field exercises and being trained by British soldiers; the army learns more tactics and methods on how to combat and move about open fields with safety. Continuation of interview with Guy Richardson. Dr. Mike Kamara (OBGYN, Cottage Hospital) in his office with three young female patients visiting for some test and checkups. [Run time 38:21]
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812 B00435
[Candidate campaigning / SLADEA meeting in Kissy], part 1 of 3
Footage of a candidate campaigning to a crowd, and of a meeting hosted by Sierra Leone Adult Education Association (SLADEA) at Low Cost Housing in Kissy encouraging people to vote. Charlie Hughes of Forum for Democratic Initiatives (FORDI) spoke at the event. [Run time 41:46]
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813 B00436
[Candidate campaigning / SLADEA meeting in Kissy], part 2 of 3
Part 2 of 3: Gathering at Low Cost Housing in Kissy, Freetown, hosted by Sierra Leone Adult Education Association (SLADEA) to encourage people to vote. A panel of men, including Charles Hughes from FORDI and representatives from SLADEA, talk about how to take part in elections; how to register to vote; campaigning and manifestos; and how to maintain a good attitude during the election. [Run time 40:39]
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814 B00437
[Candidate campaigning / SLADEA meeting in Kissy], part 3 of 3
Part 3 of 3: [1/26/2002] Footage from a meeting at Low Cost Housing in Kissy, Freetown hosted by Sierra Leone Adult Education Association (SLADEA) encouraging people to vote. A panel of men, including Charles Hughes from FORDI and representatives from SLADEA, talk about how to take part in elections; how to register to vote; campaigning and manifestos; and how to maintain a good attitude during the election. Attendees at the meeting give comments and ask questions. [1/27/2002] A truck with a loudspeaker drives through Port Loko announcing a screening of the WITNESS production “Operation Fine Girl” in the central square. [Run time 38:40]
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796 B00419
[Congo Bridge/Women farming/People walking]
B-roll shot around the area of the Congo Bridge and the busy street that passes through it. [Run time 25:11]
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745 B00368
[Interview with Corinne Dufka, part 2 of 2/ Soccer game - Sierra Leone vs Ghana, part 1 of 2]
Interview with Corinne Dufka (Researcher, Human Rights Watch) discussing topics such as rape and violence against women in the context of war crimes in Sierra Leone. Additional footage from a soccer match between Sierra Leone and Ghana. [Run time 36:22]
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746 B00369
[Soccer game part 2 of 2/ Squatters at home part 1 of 2]
[5/5/2001] Most of this tape contains the soccer match between Sierra Leone and Ghana (continued). [5/6/2001] Towards the end of the tape, footage of squatters in their homes. [Run time 37:13]
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736 B00359
[FAWE classrooms]
This tape begins with a few shots of men hammering and working (shaky cam), and it continues on with footage from a FAWE school, during class hours. Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is an organization which works to further the education of girls and women. [Run time 36:28]
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731 B00354
[FAWE Girls Athletic Program], part 1 of 2
[FAWE Girls Athletic Program], part 2 of 2
Organized by FAWE (Forum for African Women's Education) Athletic program for Girls, this video shows big groups of girls involved in many activities, including relay races as well as musical chairs. The girls get a chance to participate in various games, compete with other girl groups and be given a certificate in the end: a program that is designed to encourage their human spirit, above all. WITNESS partner Binta Mansaray is present to help promote these activities. Binta in time also gives a brief speech about the celebration of the human spirit and her pride to be there, amongst the audience and the FAWE program participants. [Run time 41:36]
Part 2 of FAWE Girls' Athletic Program. FAWE (Forum for African Women's Education) has organized an athletic program to promote the human spirit. WITNESS partner Binta Mansaray hands out certificates to girls who participated in the games. As all certificates are proudly handed out, Binta takes the mic to make a brief introduction and hand over the stage to FAWE founder Christiana Thorpe who makes a short speech. [Run time 6:54]
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732 B00355
[FAWE Girls Athletic Program], part 2 of 2
Part 2 of FAWE Girls' Athletic Program. FAWE (Forum for African Women's Education) has organized an athletic program to promote the human spirit. WITNESS partner Binta Mansaray hands out certificates to girls who participated in the games. As all certificates are proudly handed out, Binta takes the mic to make a brief introduction and hand over the stage to FAWE founder Christiana Thorpe who makes a short speech. [Run time 6:54]
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786 B00409
[Freetown b-roll - palm grove scenes, 'Hana' and child]
B-roll footage of Freetown and palm groves, including b-roll of "Hana" and her child. [Run time 40:03]
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823 B00446
[Freetown b-roll - state buildings, signs, street scenes]
B-roll of people and cars on a city street. Pan up to many bats roosting in a tree. CU sign that reads "AIDS Can Get You Totally Wasted." CU sign that reads "YES. Your Partners for Peace and Future Development." Various shots of an institutional building with scaffolding in front, located on a busy street. CU signs for "The Door, Christian Fellowship Church," "Siaka Stevens Street," "Commercial Bank," and "State House." Sign on scaffolding of building indicates "Project: Renovation of Law Courts Building." CU sign for "Chambers of the Chief Justice and the Judiciary of the Rep. of Sierra Leone." [Run time 38:49]
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825 B00448
[Freetown b-roll - street scenes, signs]
B-roll of Freetown street with cars and people walking. CU of signs that read "Sierra Leoneans Love One Another as God Loves You," "Youth for Enlightened Society. YES," "Peace At Last. Let's Maintain It. NCOOR." ELS Man climbing scaffolding outside the Law Courts building. CU sign that reads "Welcome to Sierra Leone. If You Cannot Help Us, Please Do Not Corrupt Us." [Run time 14:05]
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726 B00349
[Helicopter from Guinea/Independence Day parade Freetown], part 1 of 3
Footage shot out airplane window, and later on out of a helicopter from Guinea to Sierra Leone, shot by the production team. [Run time 33:34]
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727 B00350
[Helicopter from Guinea/Independence Day parade Freetown], part 2 of 3
Continuation of footage from Independence Day Parade inside Freetown's National Stadium. [Run time 36:29]
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5059 B00351
[Helicopter from Guinea/Independence Day parade Freetown], part 3 of 3
Continuation of footage from Independence Day Parade inside Freetown's National Stadium. Army, policemen and band marching groups are congregated in the center of the stadium, with spectators watching. VS of parade: Inside the stadium, everyone is gathered on this celebrated day to see the parade. In time, the signal is given and all marching groups in and outside the center field get prepared, while audience claps, as Sierra Leone's former president Ahmed Tejan Kabbah steps out. Right after a formal greeting by the army, the marching begins to pass in front of him. Marching groups include army of different ranks, the philharmonic, British soldiers, high schools, Muslim group, Ghanian nationals. Spectators are also watching the parade, until the end when the president departs. [Run time 37:50]
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735 B00358
[John, b-roll in M and M machete shop/wood workers]
This tape contains B-roll footage; various shots from John's working place, while all other fellow workers of his are on the job. Some men are working on a yellow car in the garage, while others are welding pieces for another, more rusty one. [Run time 38:45]
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807 B00430
[Makeni b-roll, part 1 of 5 - disarmament of combatants]
Disarmament of combatants in Makeni DDR camp. In a shaded tree area there are a couple of men in the very middle of a crowd of men (and some women). They are handing out paper slips to those who answer to their names being called out
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808 B00431
[Makeni b-roll, part 1 of 5 - disarmament of combatants][2]
Tape mislabelled as duplicate 1 of 5. Disarmament of combatants in Makeni DDR camp. VS men seated at tables, talking and signing and filling out the National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (NCDDR) Combatant Reintegration documents/ VS men crowded under covered area/ men getting ID photos taken by woman with digital camera and laptop/ two soldiers standing by/ EXT with crowds/ interview with one man that is part of the crowd. [Run time 39:05]
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809 B00432
[Makeni b-roll], part 3 of 5
Interview with Issa Sesay, former General and interim leader of the RUF. He talks about the disarmament of the RUF. His bodyguards are at the DDR camp in Makeni going through the disarmament process. He talks about transforming to political party, and opening offices in Sierra Leone. They are preparing for the national election, and running Foday Sankoh for president. In response to a question about violence against women, he says that the RUF considers rape to be a very serious crime and that the RUF does not allow its men to commit rape. In regards to child combatants, he says that they did not use children to fight, but that they took care of and educated the children. Sesay talks about his hopes for ex-combatants to be re-integrated into society. Tape also includes b-roll of Makeni. [Run time 38:28]
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810 B00433
[Makeni b-roll, part 4 of 5 - market/ fire along road/ soccer match]
B-roll footage of Makeni. Shots on this tape include: a market street with shops and street vendors selling goods, cars and motorbikes, music playing and people talking / shots from inside car of fire next to road behind the trees / leaves are burning and birds are circling in the air nearby / various landscapes outside the car window / sun peaking through behind the trees / young boys are playing soccer / bystanders watch the match. [Run time 41:40]
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811 B00434
[Makeni b-roll, part 5 of 5 - drive back to Freetown
Footage from a drive from Makeni to Freetown. All of footage is shot from inside the car. Includes shots of wooded areas, fields, houses passing over a river on a bridge. Some nice shots of palm trees in the sunset. [Run time 19:21]
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785 B00408
[Makeni b-roll - UNAMSIL soldiers, checkpoint, flags, RUF signs, gas station, countryside]
Footage of the city of Makeni, an RUF stronghold. UNAMSIL (the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone) was deployed in Makeni in April 2001 to oversee disarmament of rebels. [Run time 37:01]
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766 B00389
[May 9th commemoration], part 1 of 2
Footage from the May 8th National Commemoration in 2001. On May 8, 2000, members of the RUF shot peaceful protesters in front of Foday Sankoh's home, killing at least twenty; the protesters were demonstrating against the RUF's violations of the Lome Peace Accord. [Run time 36:43]
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767 B00390
[May 9th commemoration/ Women's market workers parade], part 2 of 2
Part 2 of footage from the May 8th National Commemoration in 2001. On May 8, 2000, members of the RUF shot peaceful protesters in front of Foday Sankoh's home, killing at least twenty; the protesters were demonstrating against the RUF's violations of the Lome Peace Accord. Another segment of the tape has visuals of a celebration in the streets. [Run time 21:21]
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780 B00403
[Mosque in Freetown]
This tape was shot mostly at a Freetown mosque where both men and women have come to pray. [Run time 38:24]
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763 B00386
[Refugees/Machete shop]
Most of this tape contains footage of refugee crowds lining up with all their belongings at the big pier of the seaport. The second part of the tape includes shots from a machete shop. [Run time 41:19]
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729 B00352
[Refugees getting off boat in Sierra Leone/FAWE girls athletic program], part 1 of 2
The video shows a boat bringing in refugees and their belongings. [Run time 38:00]
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730 B00353
[Refugees getting off boat in Sierra Leone/FAWE girls athletic program], part 2 of 2
Second tape of refugees disembarking from boats in Sierra Leone. Footage shows UNHCR staff working, Red Cross handing out food to men, women and their children, and FAWE (Forum for African Women Educationalists) girls athletic program. [Run time 41:16]
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828 B00451
[UNAMSIL Chamber of Commerce luncheon with Oluyemi Adeniji, part 2 of 2 / RUF press conference with Foday Sankoh, part 1 of 3]
Continuation of a luncheon at Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture with Head of UNAMSIL Oluyemi Adeniji. Press conference with Foday Sankoh. [Run time 29:13]
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829 B00452
[RUF press conference with Foday Sankoh, part 2 of 3]
Continuation of a RUF press conference with Foday Sankoh. Panning shots of members of the press [footage is very dark]. Sankoh takes questions and comments from the press. Some members of the press ask very critical questions, while others clap in support of Sankoh. In response to one question, Sankoh says, "You talk about atrocities. It's not important now. Atrocities, that is not important. What is important here is the way forward. We are not here to dig old wounds. Who is responsible, who is not responsible." [Run time 42:00]
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830 B00453
[RUF press conference with Foday Sankoh, part 3 of 3]
Continuation of a RUF press conference with Foday Sankoh. Sankoh takes questions from the press and other attendees, including a CDF ex-combatant. [Run time 22:08]
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806 B00429
[Sierra Leone newspaper headlines]
CU shots of various Sierra Leone newspaper headlines. [Run time 35:15]
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814 B00437
[SLADEA meeting at Low Cost Housing in Kissy, part 3 of 3 / Port Loko screening of Operation Fine Girl - announcing the screening], part 1 of 5
[1/26/2002] Footage from a meeting at Low Cost Housing in Kissy, Freetown hosted by Sierra Leone Adult Education Association (SLADEA) encouraging people to vote. A panel of men, including Charles Hughes from FORDI and representatives from SLADEA, talk about how to take part in elections; how to register to vote; campaigning and manifestos; and how to maintain a good attitude during the election. Attendees at the meeting give comments and ask questions. [1/27/2002] A truck with a loudspeaker drives through Port Loko announcing a screening of the WITNESS production “Operation Fine Girl” in the central square. [Run time 38:40]
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815 B00438
[Port Loko screening of Operation Fine Girl - setting up the screening], part 2 of 5
B-roll of people, homes, and shops in Port Loko, including CU of a paper sign taped to a building that reads "National Electoral Commission (NEC) Registration Centre." A white truck with a loudspeaker drives through Port Loko streets announcing a screening of “Operation Fine Girl” in the central square, with Action Aid of Port Loko. Various shots of a team setting up a screen, projector, a television, and other audiovisual equipment outside in the central square. A crowd of children gathers to watch. [Run time 41:01]
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816 B00439
[Port Loko screening of Operation Fine Girl - crowd gathering], part 3 of 5
Footage from the screening of “Operation Fine Girl” in the central square in Port Loko with Action Aid of Port Loko. Prior to screening, young people are gathered at the square to watch a television that has been set up. Various shots of young people watching. Various shots of sun setting and moon rising in the sky. WS at nighttime of crowd watching a show projected onto the large screen. A man speaks into the microphone and announces that they are pausing the program until the chief comes. Various shots of crowd in the dark. Later, a representative from Action Aid speaks into the microphone and announces that the chief and Lilibet Foster and Binta Mansaray from WITNESS are present. [Run time 40:12]
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817 B00440
[Port Loko screening of Operation Fine Girl - introductory remarks and screening], part 4 of 5
A representative from Action Aid invites someone to lead the crowd in Christian and Muslim prayer. The crowd prays together. Another man gives a speech in Krio. Binta Mansaray then gives a speech in Krio. The screening begins. LS of the projected screen, and pans to people in the audience [footage is very dark]. The screening is stopped when screen falls off the stage. After a pause, the screening continues. [Run time 38:00]
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814 B00437
[Port Loko screening of Operation Fine Girl - end of screening and discussion], part 5 of 5
The fifth tape begins mid-way through screening. Various shots of screen and crowd sitting in the dark. After the film ends, Binta Mansaray asks the crowd what they thought of the film, and if they have any questions. A few people come to the stage and ask questions in Krio. [Run time 41:40]
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746 B00369
[Soccer game part 2 of 2 / Squatters at home, part 1 of 2]
[5/5/2001] Most of this tape contains the soccer match between Sierra Leone and Ghana (continued). [5/6/2001] Towards the end of the tape, footage of squatters in their homes. B-roll shots include: VS of squatters in their homes. This footage was mainly shot in a squatter spot where some girls, including "Abie," live. Additional events take place inside the church during ceremony. [Run time 38:48]
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747 B00370
[Squatters at home, part 2 of 2/ Squatters at church, part 1 of 3]
This footage was mainly shot in a squatter spot where some girls (incl. "Abie") live. [Run time 38:07]
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748 B00371
Events take place inside the church during ceremony. [Run time 38:04]
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749 B00372
This video is restricted. Events take place inside the church during ceremony. The footage contains of: choir (in purple robes) singing and chanting / all the church-people are also singing along / MS of squatters group singing and clapping in church / more singing and clapping from whole congregation / new song / congregation more in a trance-like state / people walking down the aisle leaving a donation while the choir is still singing / member of choir leading congregation into a prayer / choir singing along with first few rows of elder women / minister begins sermon / man saying prayer / man in suit preaching on the evil of war. [Run time 38:00]
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750 B00372
Events take place inside the church during ceremony. [Run time 38:00]
This video is restricted. Continuation of the ceremony taking place inside the church. The priest is preaching about spiritual adultery and the salvation, as he has all believers stand up to pray. They all later stand in line to receive communion. Shots include: VS man preaching / VS elderly women in congregation / end of preaching and applause / man leading a prayer / congregation walking down the aisle - they are taking communion / prayer / shots of different people in church. Out in streets: men getting on commuter bus / traffic shots / kids in the street with soccer ball / getting on and off the bus / VS "Omaru" and friends playing soccer at the beach. [Run time 37:08]
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751 B00373
This video is restricted. B-roll "Omaru" and his day by the beach, being playful with other friends and taking a dip into the ocean. B-roll of "Abie" at the squatters' home. VS include: "Omaru" in car / "Omaru" and friends in the ocean playing with a soccer ball, splashing in ocean LS / "Omaru" and friends in water goofing around playing soccer / they all slowly come out of the ocean and lie down flat on the wet sand to rest / they start digging holes in the ground and covering themselves with the wet sand (just being playful) / child playing, cartwheel, handstand, etc. / CU of "Omaru" doing the same. Toddler with radio at squatters' home / squatter girls hanging out and chatting / CU of "Abie" at squatter location / "Abie" and other women / graffiti on walls such as "AMOCED Score Goal Against HIV-AIDS". [Run time 23:55]
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752 B00374
This video is restricted. "Abie" and other squatter girls, continued. Men and women hang around the squat. Some listen to the radio, another is braiding her hair, and another preparing food. VS at the squatter structure include: boy with goat / at squatters, hairstylist at work surrounded by two men / woman preparing food / shots between cook and hairstylist / CU of braiding / CU of woman / Pan to different people in room / man fixing his personal area / man and woman light a fire / woman begins to cook (out-of-doors) - she brings out different things- he keeps himself busy / woman sits down next to fire / CU of cooking pot boiling- woman puts different ingredients into pot / MS of woman cooking / two women grinding- puts paste into pot / woman lights fire- puts pot on fire / "Abie" and three men sitting on stairs / "Abie" and men watching women cook. [Run time 34:36]
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819 B00442
[Trip to Kono District, Sierra Leone, part 1 of 5 - helicopter aerial shots]
Footage from a helicopter flight to the Kono district, including aerial shots of exterior landscapes. There are ELS aerial shots of land, trees, lakes and river, and some dirt roads, with very few inhabited areas along the way. There are also some interior shots of men seated inside the helicopter wearing ear protection. There are exterior shots as the helicopter lowers altitude and lands in an inhabited area. [Run time 36:50]
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820 B00443
[Trip to Kono district, part 2 of 5 - Koidu b-roll / voter registration / drive to mining area]
Trip to Kono district, continued. Includes footage from Koidu, voter registration, and a drive to a mining area. [Run time 36:51]
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821 B00444
[Trip to Kono district, part 3 of 5 - Congo Bridge mining area / market / Koidu]
Trip to Kono district, continued. Includes footage from a Congo bridge mining area and a market area in Koidu. [Run time 40:19]
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822 B00445
[Trip to Kono district, part 4 of 5 - Interviews with Mohamed Jabbie and Prince Kai Sa'Quee]
Interviews shot during a trip to Kono district. [Run time 40:01]
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824 B00447
[Trip to Kono, part 5 of 5 - helicopter aerial shots / Interview with head of UNAMSIL Oluyemi Adeniji]
Footage from the conclusion of a trip to Kono district. [Run time 42:04]
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827 B00450
[UNAMSIL Chamber of Commerce luncheon with Oluyemi Adeniji], part 1 of 2
Luncheon at Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture with Head of UNAMSIL Oluyemi Adeniji. [Run time 42:01]
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828 B00451
[UNAMSIL Chamber of Commerce luncheon with Oluyemi Adeniji], part 2 of 2
Continuation of a luncheon at Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture with Head of UNAMSIL Oluyemi Adeniji. Press conference with Foday Sankoh. [Run time 29:13]