Despite this, it is wrong to claim that Sierra Leone is on the brink of following Liberia into ruin. The government has been making progress in restoring peace and stability to the streets of Freetown, but faced with rebels who continue to intimidate, kidnap and murder people, the chances of securing free and fair elections will be slim. Sierra Leone needs the West's support and encouragement to end the cycle of lawlessness and danger.
Its government has, after all, remained committed to returning the country to civilian rule as soon as conditions allow.
The Overseas Development Administration has committed itself to assisting the country's moves towards the restoration of stability and development. Other countries should do the same. Sierra Leone needs our support and encouragement to end the violence.
Yours sincerely, ANDREW GRAHAM London, SW11
27 JanuaryReuse content