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26 Dec 2001 description

By Martha Saldinger, ARC Sierra Leone Country Director
The American Refugee Committee began operating in Sierra Leone in 2000 to help the people rebuild their lives and their country after a decade of civil war. The conflict led to great destruction and a widespread displacement of people. Many civilians were abused, including those who were victims of amputations by rebel groups.

23 Feb 2001 description

Minneapolis, February 23, 2001 - The American Refugee Committee has stepped up its efforts to help relieve the suffering of thousands of traumatized refugees in Guinea who have been forced to flee for their lives because of rebel incursions into the West African country.

12 Dec 2000 description

December 12, 2000 - The American Refugee Committee (ARC) expresses deep sorrow over the death of one of its staff members during fighting in the West African country of Guinea. Faya Leno, 28, a Guinean security guard for ARC in the southwestern town of Gueckedou, was killed last week along with his wife, Mariam.

19 Sep 2000 description

Minneapolis, September 19, 2000 - The American Refugee Committee has suspended its activities in Gueckedou, Guinea, following an armed raid in the region on Sunday that took the lives of a United Nations staff member and an unknown number of Guineans.
ARC evacuated four expatriate staff and a dependent from Gueckedou after gunmen attacked the southeastern Guinea town of Macenta, near the Liberian border. The attackers, believed to come from Liberia, killed the head of office for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and abducted another UNHCR worker.

15 Jun 2000 description

Minneapolis, June 15, 2000 - The American Refugee Committee's country director for Sierra Leone, Martha Saldinger, has returned to Freetown to continue setting up a program to help victims of the country's brutal civil war.

12 May 2000 description

Minneapolis, May 12, 2000 - The American Refugee Committee (ARC) has evacuated its country director for Sierra Leone due to increasing instability in the West African nation. Martha Saldinger, who arrived in Sierra Leone in March to launch ARC's operations there, has been temporarily relocated to Conakry, Guinea, with her husband and seven-year-old son.