Who is Foday Sankoh
The Sierra Leone rebel leader who refused to disarm
As Sierra Leone tumbled into another round of violence and uncertainty, all eyes are on the enigma known as Foday Sankoh. The rebels still held 330 U.N. peacekeepers in 2000, but Sierra Leone refused to release Sankoh, the RUF leader.
As the leader of the RUF he is responsible for everything that has happened to his country. He’s refusing to disarm or open up the diamond regions he controls to U.N. authorities. His forces have committed atrocities on a scale rarely seen, which he vehemently denies. His politics have plunged what should be a prosperous country into an endless round of war. But he tells us "the economy is in the hands of foreigners, which is why our people have become beggars and slaves." As the leader of the RUF, his forces have committed atrocities on a scale rarely seen, which he vehemently denies. We follow him in the weeks before his capture as he maps out his strategy to drum up support to fight upcoming elections in the regional RUF congress. But at the same time he sounds like he is trying to put an election plan into action. So what makes this man – who is he really? Is it possible to discover why the RUF is as cruel as it is through Sankoh? And what does he really want? A portrait of the man whose power is as questionable as his scruples. Produced by Adil Bradlow, Journeyman PicturesFULL SYNOPSIS