Sierra Leone is a success case in a country regaining lost ground after prolonged conflict. And that is primarily because its conflict, much like the one in the DRC, was imposed on the society due to its vast natural resources. Like most African countries, the presence of natural resources always makes it impossible for the countries to escape the interests of external actors.
IN what is known as booty futures – “the right to exploit mineral resources that the seller has not yet captured” – foreign actors acquired vast resources and signed multiple skewed contracts that the Sierra Leone Government is forced to honour until tody. And like most countries, these actors use local or neighboring countries’ armies in bid to show that the conflict is local.