This article describes a qualitative ethnographic analysis of local experiences of truth-telling in Sierra Leone. Whereas proponents of truth commissions claim that such processes promote postwar reconciliation, this study found that local religious belief impeded such effects. While belief did enhance the local willingness to reconcile, in tandem with postwar insecurity it also promoted a reliance on secondary control mechanisms wherein individuals subjugated their own agency in reconciliation to the power of God. Within this context the man-made processes of the truth commission were experienced by local people as redundant at best and provocative at worst.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Peace and Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - May 2012|