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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 7 Facilitating PRA amidst war: experiences from Sierra Leone


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 7 Facilitating PRA amidst war: experiences from Sierra Leone Ann C. Hudock Introduction War in Sierra Leone This field report discusses some of the Since 1991, war has torn apart Sierra Leone. difficulties of facilitating PRA in conflict- Fighting began when the Revolutionary United ridden situations. Suggestions are made for Front (RUF), formed in Liberia in the early ways facilitators can adapt their approach when 1980s to overthrow the All People's Congress working in such situations. Experiences of (APC) government of Sierra Leone, attacked using PRA in Sierra Leone suggest the need for the Kailahun and Pujehun Districts. Sporadic local facilitators who are acutely aware of the attacks continued in these areas and gradually community and the local structures available to spread to nearby towns. draw on if problems arise during the course of the PRA exercises. In 1992, a group of disgruntled soldiers led by a young military captain, Captain Valentine This research was undertaken to further Strasser, left the war front and travelled to understanding of how grassroots service Freetown to demand back pay. In the process, organisations (GSOs) assist membership they overthrew President Momoh's organisations (MOs) with institutional government. The captain ...

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