Civil Defence Forces

Civil Defence Forces


The Civil Defense Forces or CDF were a paramilitary organization who fought in the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991–2002). They supported the elected government of Ahmed Tejan Kabbah against the rebel groups RUF (Revolutionary United Front) and AFRC (Armed Forces Revolutionary Council). Much of the CDF was made up of the Kamajors group, which is part of the larger Mende ethnic group. The Kamajors believed in many magical ways of defending themselves, such as rituals to create bulletproof skin. Three leaders of the CDF have been indicted at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, more specificially Samuel Hinga Norman (head of the CDF), Moinina Fofana (second in command) and Allieu Kondewa (military commander of the CDF).

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