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By Peter Penfold

ISBN-10: 1781591059

ISBN-13: 9781781591055

In early 1997 Peter Penfold, arrived in Sierra Leone because the British excessive Commissioner. This interesting booklet describes not only his eventful three-year journey however the history and next occasions that put this small kingdom on the middle of the area stage.During his travel, he came upon himself as correct hand guy to the country's beleaguered President Kabbah. as a result of insurgent activities, together with surprising atrocities, the writer needed to not just evacuate the overseas group (twice) yet used to be pressured out himself. now and then, he flew in day-by-day from British warships, because the state of affairs was once dangerously unstable.We find out how presently after being praised through best Minister Tony Blair for his pivotal function in getting this as soon as wealthy state again on its toes, he came across himself below Customs and Excise research and Parliamentary Committee scrutiny for his intended function within the 'Arms for Africa' Enquiry. whereas reprimanded by way of the FCO, he was once feted and made a Paramount leader by means of the Sierra Leone people.He describes how, after his journey used to be lower brief regardless of his and the host Government's appeals, the location back deteriorated. He supplies a hugely expert account of the following occasions together with the SAS Operation BARRAS - the rescue of the British army hostages. it is a vitally important account in response to the main privileged wisdom.

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Wazan is certainly a most beautiful place. Behind us the hill rose to a considerable height, its sides shrouded in dusky olive-woods. ins rose range after range, with the snowy crest of the Beni Hassan in the centre. AI) around are rich plains and lovely gardons, vineyards, and wellwatered orange-groves. The environs are studded with the white cupolas of marabouts' tombs, as might be expected in a holy city like Wazan, where saints are many-" 1 will not finish the quotation and say, and where sins are few," for the town is noterious for thé riotous living and debauchery of its inhabitants.

From the gunsmiths' shops we walked down to the ancient palace of Tetuan, once the résidence of the Court, but now for the most part in an uninhabitable condition. There was a fine Moorish court in the centre, with some fine wood-carving, and a stalactite roof in places the walls were in the well-known Arabesque stucco-work of delicate patterns, but danbed over and disfigured with whitewash, as were thé walls of the Alhambra before the work of It is probable that this restoration was begun. white-washing was done at an epoch when a wave of Puritanism passed over Islam, similar to that which wrought such havoc among our church architecture in England.

Bis nncle still keeps the keys of the gate in the Alhambra by which that monarch sallied forth to meet Ferdinand at the final conquest and surrender of Granada, and which the latter granted him at his special request. It is said that several of the Moors in Tetuan still retain the keys of their ancestors' houses, and the title-deeds to their. estates in Granada-that earthly paradise to which, every Friday, they devoutly pray they may one day be restored. gerian frontier. would, in the present state of aSairs, be little short of suicidai, and no Moor could be found to accompany the traveller, whose life would not be safe beyond ten miles from the town.

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