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West Africa's tangled war
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A human catastrophe in Guinea, AP 2001
The refugee crisis in Guinea is part of a complicated regional conflict which started in Liberia more than 10 years ago, and spilled over to neighbouring Sierra Leone. Diamonds from Sierra Leone helped finance the war. Although the roots of the conflict may date back to the arbitrary frontiers carved out by colonialists, events of the last decade have enmeshed these countries in each other's disputes.

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