Vigilante Groups and Counterinsurgencies in Africa

Vigilante Groups and Counterinsurgencies in Africa

The Kamajors were trained and armed to protect their homelands from the Revolutionary United Front rebels and undisciplined elements of the Sierra Leone military, who they accuse of looting and committing atrocities against them. June 15, 1997. Corinne Dufka/Reuters
from Africa in Transition

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In this episode of Africa in Transition, John Campbell speaks with Ned Dalby, a senior research analyst with International Crisis Group and lead contributor to the new report Double-Edged Sword: Vigilantes in African CounterinsurgenciesWe discuss the origin, operation, and demobilization of these groups, their role in counterinsurgency, and ultimately, what makes the reliance on vigilante groups by the government successful in some cases and not in others.

John Campbell

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies