Revolutionary United Front (RUF) was a rebel army that aimed to dismantle the government of Sierra Leone. They fought for freedom, but they quickly became disliked by their brutality towards locals.
Leading up to the war, politics in Sierra Leone were often corrupt, mismanaged, and violent, which led to a weak society, and a collapse of the education system, and, by 1991, an entire generation was dissatisfied and wanted to overthrow the government. During the war, many people were killed, injured, and abducted by the rebels to fuel the fighting, which made living in Sierra Leone at the time dangerous and upsetting. They also used child soldiers to guard diamond mines and weapon stockpiles during the war, fight, and kill.