Truth vs. justice in Liberia

24 March 2010 by Bram Posthumus

War ended in Liberia almost seven years ago. It has left scars in the land and the people. The country is slowly recovering and questions regarding justice and impunity are being addressed – but not to everyone’s satisfaction.

Harper, the capital of the Liberian county of Maryland, was a charming little town. Until 1990, when rebel troops entered. They killed, they raped, they looted and lived off the proceeds of the war whose central motto was: “Pay Yourself.” The gang called itself the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL). It was led by Charles Taylor who is currently on trial before the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), facing 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in that country.

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