About the Book
The novel Behind NPFL and RUF Rebel Lines is a chronicle of my personal experiences during my odyssey in search of security during the wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone from 1990 to July 1992.
My main characters are former rebel leaders Charles Taylor of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NFPL), and Foday Sankoh of the Sierra Leonean rebel group Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Some of these experiences were so traumatic that I felt obliged to pen them for the world. I also contribute to the debate about the war in Sierra Leone, which has become an issue for international jurisdiction.
This book provides an historical account of the Liberian conflict and an eyewitness account of the initial stage of the RUF rebel war. I also provide background for the ascendancy to power of Africa’s first elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and her reign from 2006 to 2013.
About the Author
Terrence Sahr Albert Sesay is a name that rings a bell in the journalism profession in Liberia. He is a Liberian and news agency trained journalist. He served as correspondent for the French News Agency (AFP), German News Agency (DPA), Agence Presse Africain (APA), Radio France International and sit-in stringer for the BBC. He also served as one of the editors of the independent Star Radio when it was established in 1997. He currently strings for the Kenya based Africa Review and the Deutsche Presse- Agentur. He started his journalism career at the Liberia News Agency in 1981, where he rose through the ranks to Deputy Director-General for Administration in 1993. He is a former president of the media advocacy group, Press Union of Liberia. Mr. Sesay holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the Humanities and a one-year post graduate Diploma in Education from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He is currently pursuing the Master of Arts D egree in International Relations at the University of Liberia.
As a journalist, I have always used my writing skills to pen experiences that will help in debates on issues and contribute towards making the world a better place. I was moved to write this book because my experiences during the wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone were very traumatic. I have also tried to contribute to the debate about the war in Sierra Leone which has become an issue for international jurisdiction.