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West Africa's tangled war
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Map showing active rebel areas in Sierra Leone and Liberia
Refugees flee from war to war
Refugees want to go home, AP 2001
By the beginning of 2001, Guinea was home to more than 400,000 refugees from Sierra Leone and Liberia. Most of the refugees were trapped in an area known as Parrot's Beak, caught between the rebels from whom they were fleeing, and a Guinean army reluctant to let them move north to safety. They are often caught up in cross border attacks, and blamed by the local authorities for collaborating with the attackers.

Meanwhile, the UK and US called on the UN to implement sanctions against Liberia, who they blame for arming the RUF in exchange for diamonds.

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