By Kieran Mitton

The atrocities of civil wars current us with many tough questions. How do probably traditional participants come to dedicate such remarkable acts of cruelty, frequently opposed to unarmed civilians? do we ever actually comprehend such acts of 'evil'? in line with a wealth of unique interviews with perpetrators of violence in Sierra Leone's civil conflict, this ebook presents an in depth reaction. relocating past the inflexible bounds of political technological know-how, the writer engages with sociology, psychology and social psychology, to supply a accomplished photograph of the complicated person explanations at the back of possible mindless violence in Sierra Leone's battle. Highlighting the inadequacy of present motives that centre at the anarchic nature of brutality, or conversely, its calculated rationality, this ebook sheds gentle at the severe yet hitherto overlooked function performed through the sentiments of disgrace and disgust. Drawing on first-hand debts of ideas hired via Sierra Leone's insurgent commanders, it files the way during which insurgent recruits have been systematically brutalised and got here to accomplish scary acts of cruelty as regimen. In so doing, it deals clean perception into the factors of utmost violence that holds relevance past Sierra Leone to the atrocities of latest civil wars.

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