Sierra Leone: May 2, 2000

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Twenty UN peacekeepers have been taken captive by RUF rebels at a disarmament camp 140 kilometers northeast of the capital. The UN has been trying to get the RUF rebels to disarm. It is now nine months since a peace treaty ended the civil war and brought the RUF rebel leaders into the government. Many of the RUF troops are unhappy with the financial terms of their disarmament and have refused to give up their weapons.  It's about money, and the UN has not got as much to give out as the rebels want. 

 

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