At the edge of the 1980s, the world witnessed the emergence of a new world order: the crumbling of the Berlin Wall4, and by extension
the end of the “cold war”5 and the triumph of liberal democracy6. Coincidentally, while the Berlin Wall collapsed on November 9, 19897, Sierra Leone stood on the brink of its major epoch: the commencement of armed struggle to depose an allegedly unpopular, illegitimate and repressive regime in the 1990s. This was triggered by what was identified as the “East Wind” in late 19808, resulting in major changes with the fall of one-party systems and the rise of multi-party governments in the post cold war era. Before 1991, the civil society trajectory in Sierra Leone lacked autonomy. In addition, the judicial and accountability framework was practically dysfunctional.
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