U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder has issued a strong statement against the holding of a planned protest during the week of the July 26 Independence Day celebrations.
Amos T. Boe, a 49-year-old photographer, still wears the wounds from the day in August 1994 when he lost three of his family members and almost lost his own head.
Liberian citizens residing in the U.S. gathered on Friday before the Liberian embassy in Washington D.C. to present a petition to the ambassador accredited to the U.S., George Pattern. The gathering was held simultaneously as the mass protest in Monrovia.
The Catholic Bishop Conference, which comprises bishops of the Catholic Church, has called on the government to lead the process of a national dialogue for the possible establishment of a war and economic crimes court and full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations.
The U.S. Embassy in Monrovia has issued a harsh statement, rebuking public officials for making comments that it says impedes progress in Liberia.
The Liberian Studies Association, a non-profit scholarly organization that comprises of researchers in disciplines relevant to Liberia, has re-elected Danielle Tanaa Smith as its president.
Mechen Barchue is one of the thousands of Liberian women who suffered shocking violence during the wars. According to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, nearly 26,000 or 28 percent reported violations were against women and girls.
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.