The R.U.F. first attacked in 1991. The Momoh regime, which is in charge of governing Sierra Leone, was in serious difficulty. With a crumbling economy, increasing agitation, and factional turmoil, Momoh announced a return for multi-party politics, and elections would be set for 1992. However, before the elections could happen the R.U.F. attacked. With the help of Charles Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), Sankoh was able to cross into Sierra Leone's Eastern Province in March 1991, with aim to end the APC's hold of power. These raids on the towns showed the weakness of Sierra Leone's military, and most of the Kailahun District, within a month, was under R.U.F. control.
The R.U.F. was made up of many different types of people. Disaffected young men were a significant portion, but most of them were already alienated and dangerous before the R.U.F. arose. Only very few people joined the R.U.F. of their own will. Main recruits were drawn from the same Freetown that Siake Stevens recruited his brutal ISU and where Joseph Momoh found material to double his army. And others were children who were kidnapped, drugged, and forced to do heinous acts.
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