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Sierra Leone: Little Beiruts in Africa.

14 Août 2011 , Rédigé par afrohistorama, Toute l'histoire sans histoire

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Sierra Leone: Little Beiruts in Africa



Fleeing Lebanon's civil war, increasing numbers of Lebanese are emigrating to West and Central Africa, sometimes bringing with them the political violence of the Middle East.

In Freetown, officials charge that the country's wealthiest businessman, an African-Lebanese with close ties to the Shiite Moslem militia Amal, tried to finance a coup attempt last spring. At the time, police officers discovered a weapons cache in the man's villa that included rocket launchers, M-16 and AK-47 automatic rifles and 49,000 rounds of ammunition.

In Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, about 40 Lebanese Shiites were expelled last summer after a member of their community hijacked an Air Afrique flight in July and demanded to fly to Beirut.

In Monrovia, Liberia, a Lebanese Christian woman says she no longer goes to the local Lebanese club on Saturday nights. ''After a few drinks the Hezbollah and the Amal start fighting,'' she said, referring to supporters of rival Shiite groups in Lebanon. A Wave of Thousands.

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By JAMES BROOKE, Special to the New York Times

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