A UN-backed war crimes court is putting on trial some of those who led armed groups responsible for atrocities during Sierra Leone's brutal 10-year civil war.
Sierra Leoneans tell of their lives today.
Alusine Kamara, mechanic, 36
"The Special Court is very necessary, but I am disappointed that there have been so few indictments. I was abused by the pro-government Kamajors, but I suffered worse abuse at the hands of the Nigerian peacekeepers."