Foday's slogan when the RUF first came to be was, "No more slaves, no more masters, power and wealth to the people." Foday said he wanted to share the wealth of the diamonds with the people but then quickly things changed and he wanted to keep them for himself. The RUF became only focused on protecting their resource base which was the diamond mines. Foday didn't want the government troops to get the diamonds and gain control and power over them and this led to the cutting off of hands, arms, legs. This was to send the message, "You don't hold your weapon against your brother." I believe this is when they became completely corrupt and were no longer for the people of Sierra Leone.
It is estimated that over 200,000 lives were lost in this civil war and over 11,000 children were child soldiers. 2000 children are still left serving today. The rebels recruited children from ages 7-11 and are said to have even recruited some the age of 5. The rebels often made children kill their parents and they were recognized by captains because of their obedience and cruelty. The RUF was also said to have practiced canniblism.
In 1997 Foday fled to Nigeria after the RUF was weakened and was captured and put in prison. He was released in 1999 when he agreed to sign the Lome Peace Accord. The Lome Peace Accord was an agreement between the reinstated president of Sierra Leone, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, and the RUF leader, Foday Sankoh. It stated that Sankoh would get a position is the transitional government and as well as amnesty for his combatants. It was signed on July 7, 1999. Shortly after the Accord fighting broke out again and the United Nations sent peace keeping troops in hoping to integrate the RUF into a national army. This did not work and the RUF kept 500 of the peacekeeping troops on Charles Taylor negotiated their release.
The British and Guineans sent in a small professional force in 2001 and the Indian and Briish special forces led the defeat of the RUF and the end of the revolution. Today Sankoh was captured by the mob and given to the British and died of natural causes in prison. Sam Buckarie was the leader of the RUF while Foday was imprisoned back in 1997-1999 and was killed in a shootout with the Liberian Forces. The other 3 leaders, Issa Sesay, Morris Kallon and Augustine Gba were all sentenced to prison on February 25, 2009.
"The truth behind the soldiers of the RUF in Sierra Leone"