1. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act 2000 (“the Act”) enjoined the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (“the TRC” or “the Commission”) to make findings in relation to the causes, nature and extent of violations and abuses during the armed conflict in Sierra Leone.1  In particular, the Commission was mandated to deliberate on the question of whether such violations and abuses were the result of deliberate planning, policy or authorisation by any government, group or individual.  The Act required investigation into the roles of internal and external factions in the conflict.2 2. This chapter summarises the main findings of the Commission.3  The detailed findings of the Commission are to be found in the different chapters of the report.  The main findings are preceded by primary findings.  The primary findings are the central or most important findings made by the Commission. 3. In the course of its proceedings, the Commission amassed a large amount of evidence and information from public and closed hearings, interviews, investigations and research.  Based upon the totality of this information, the Commission has made findings concerning the roles played in the conflict ...