The Empire in Africa
On March 23, 1991 a civil war broke out in Sierra Leone for one reason: to reclaim its wealth from foreign corporations. Sierra Leone is a small country off the coast of West Africa. Its land is rich in natural resources, enough to have made it one of the richest countries in the world. But because these resources have been mismanaged and exploited for centuries, Sierra Leone is, in fact, the poorest country on Earth. Who is responsible for this? Watch this documentary and find out.
The obvious result of this exploitation is extreme poverty. Over 70% of the population is classified as poor—the majority surviving on less than $1.00 a day— while a handful of the country’s citizens are very, very rich. There is no middle class.
In the 1980s when survival became extremely difficult, the RUF was born: Revolutionary United Front. The sole purpose of this group was to revamp the system and redistribute the country’s wealth.
In response, the international community decided to wage a war on this country. In order to gain control they used powerful cluster bombs, executions, amputations, torture, and especially manipulation of the international media. Teenagers and children were forced to join the militia and the number of civilian casualties sky-rocketed.
Malnutrition increased and as a result exacerbated a host of other diseases. The atrocities committed right before the watchful eye of the international media are beyond description as entire villages were demolished within seconds. It was literally overkill.
This became one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the 20th century. But why did so many have to die before measure were taken to resolve the issue and lead all parties into peace talks? Is it true that international laws are enforced only when they serve the interest of international powers? Analyze the answers to these and many other questions in this brutally honest documentary.