The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report recorded 30 massacres in River Cess, making it the county with the second highest number of mass killings during the wars. Only Lofa saw more. But people here in River Cess say there were many more massacres that the TRC did not cover.
It has been barely 25 years since the Kpolokpalah Massacre that saw the gruesome murder of more than 300 people by fighters from the Liberian Peace Council under the leadership of George Boley.
The Armed Forces of Liberia could not practically repel attacks mounted by Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, or other regional countries, not to mention countries with highly equipped militaries. Think about this – if Liberia were to be attacked right now by another country, we would not, in all seriousness, depend on our army to protect us. Instead, we would appeal to the United States, ECOWAS, or the United Nations, to help us or levy sanctions against that country.
As calls for the establishment of war and economic crimes court in Liberia intensify, victims and survivors of the infamous Samay Massacre have joined, demanding the prosecution of those who carried out the massacre here in 1994 that killed 28 people and destroyed 22 houses.
Activists gathered on Monday, November 12 under the banner of the Campaigners and Victims for Justice to stage a peaceful protest calling for the establishment of a war crimes court in the country.
Former Defense Minister Thomas Woewiyu began trial on Monday in Philadelphia on multiple charges of immigration fraud, perjury and false statements about his naturalization.
Amid growing pressure for the government to establish a war crimes court to prosecute atrocities committed during the country’s 14-year civil war, citizens of Tuzon, the hometown of slain President Samuel Kanyan Doe in Grand Gedeh, have condemned the calls.
Every country has a time in its history that marks a significant turning point that ushers in liberation or mass chaos. For Liberia, April 6 is one such day.