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12 Mar 1999 description
report Africa News Service

FREETOWN (AANA) March 12 - Church leaders in Sierra Leone have taken the lead in negotiating for peace in their war torn country.

The Church leaders together with other members of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone met and held talks with the leader of the Revolutionary United Front RUF, Corporal Foday Sankoh here recently.

The nine-member delegation, lead by the General Secretary of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, Mr.

12 Mar 1999 description
report Africa News Service

Freetown - Thousands of civilians mostly women and children are fleeing northern Sierra Leone as news of a pending rebel assault on the border town of Pamlap spreads,Custom officials at the border town of Pamlap disclosed in Freetown yesterday. According to Custom officials, close to 2000 civilians have trekked the 10 kilometre journey from the district headquarter town of Kambia to safe havens accross the Guinean border.

Custom Officials also say some of the fleeing civilians are from the vilages of Sheakaika,Mawadia, Wula and Masene all close to Kambia town.