Practice Relating to Rule 122. Pillage of the Personal Belongings of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
Sierra Leone’s Instructor Manual (2007) states:
In any combat operation, when enemy combatants are first captured they straightaway become POWs [prisoners of war]. The first action to be taken therefore is to:
c. Search them and take away only documents and equipment of military value (arms and ammunitions, orders, maps, and notebooks containing military information etc).
d. Leave with them military clothing and protective equipment (such as combat helmets, body armour), decorations, insignia, badges of rank, eating equipments, ration packs and water bottles, personal possession including things like spectacles and articles of sentimental value like family photographs.