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Sierra Leone

Some background on Sierra Leone

My sincerest congratulations to Alpha Mansaray for overcoming a disadvantaged and disrupted childhood, and earning a double degree from William and Mary. However, I would like to make some observations about the May 11 Gazette article that highlighted this achievement.

The event in question was a cruel invasion of the country by Liberia's dictator Charles Taylor. Taylor essentially noted that, while Liberia had few natural resources, neighboring Sierra Leone had diamond mines, so he invaded in order to seize as many diamonds as he could. Although the world had instituted a system of identification of every diamond foe sale on the world market, Taylor got around the restrictions by...