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Massacre, Summary Execution, And Other Gruesome Acts From 1990-2003

 

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia

 

DATE EVENT PLACE ALLEGED MASTERMIND ORGANIZATION HISTORY
Feb/1990 Massacre & arson Yarsonnoh,Nimba County Capt. James Chelly, Hon. Donzo, Commissioner resident in Ganta Armed Forces ofLiberia(AFL) A group of AFL soldiers led by Capt. James Chelly, Hon. Donzo, Commissioner residing in Ganta, Massacred 71 persons in Yarsonnoh and burned 52 houses in that town.
Feb/1990 Massacre Ganta, Nimba Co. A group of soldiers headed by Edwin Voker, Commissioner of Sacleapea Mah, Vakaba Bility and Mr. Biabia Armed Forces ofLiberia(AFL) A group of AFL soldiers headed by Edwin Voker, Commissioner of Sacleapea Mah, Vakaba Bility and Mr. Biabia entered Karnwee, NimbaCounty and arrested 18 young men under the guise of being NPFL facilitators. The victims were taken to Ganta and murdered.
March/1990 Murder Nimba County  Paul Vaye, George Mansuo, and one Tarkpor National Patriotic Front of Liberia(NPFL) In March 1990 Paul Vaye, George Mansuo, Tarkpor Gweh and men assigned with them arrested Moses Duopue, Stephen Daniels and some of their family members and murder them in Tiaplay, NimbaCounty. They allegedly acted on the orders of the then Maj. Charles Taylor.
June/1990 Massacre Monrovia,BTC Moses Thomas, Moses Wright, James Chelly, George Dweh and Tailey Armed Forces ofLiberia(AFL) In June 1990, Moses Thomas, Moses Wright, James Chelly, George Dweh and Tailey, in consultation with President Doe, massacred 27 Gio and Mano families that were members of the AFL and residing at the BTC barracks. They were buried on the beach behind the BTC.
July 29,1990 Massacre Monrovia,Lutheran Church Edward Slangar, George Dweh, Moses Thomas, commander of the SATU & Gen. Tailey Armed Forces ofLiberia(AFL) on July 29,1990, Edward Slangar, George Dweh, Moses Thomas, commander of the SATU, Gen. Tailey & members of the AFL allegedly massacred over 500 persons at the Lutheran Church in Sinkor under the guise that they were Gios and Manos in that Church who were in support of NPFL advances on Monrovia and the overthrow of the Samuel Doe regime.
July/1990 Massacre Bakedu, LofaCounty G. Anthony Mehn and  Joe Doe National Patriotic Front of Liberia(NPFL) in July 1990 ,G. Anthony Mehn, Joe Doe and their bodyguards murdered about 32 persons of the Mandingo ethnic group inBakeduLofa County. The murderers were fighters of NPFL.
1990 Murder Monrovia  George Dweh Armed Forces ofLiberia(AFL) In 1990,George Dweh eliminated the Johnny Nah family in Monrovia.
August 2, 1990:  Massacre Monrovia, JFK George Dweh Armed Forces ofLiberia On August 2nd,1990, George Dweh led a group of AFL soldiers to the JFK hospital and massacred 250 persons, most of who were Gios and Manos ethnic groups. majority of them were seeking refuge at the hospital compound while others were arrested at the gate that was placed on the boulevard at the hospital entrance.
1990 murdered Wanlema, LofaCounty Gen. Jack the rebel National Patriotic Front of Liberia In 1990, Gen, Jack the rebel went to the remote town of Wanlema, Lofa County and murdered Chief Mamadee Kamara and family members.
Sept 10, 1990 Murder & massacre Monrovia  General Prince Y. Johnson Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia On September 10,1990, the  INPFL, captured, totured and  butchered  ex-President Samuel K. Doe and massacred several others for alleged corruption .
1990 Murder Caldwell  General Prince Y. Johnson Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia  (INPFL) In 1990, the INPFL killed one ofLiberia’s musical celebrities, Tecumsay Roberts for  allegedly practicing homosexuality.
1990 Massacre Freeport,Monrovia General Prince Y. Johnson Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia(INPFL) 1n 1990, the INPFL massacred more than 100 innocent civilians who had gone to seek food at the Freeport of Monrovia. He accused them of looting food.
1990 massacre Bong Mines General Prince Y. Johnson Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia(INPFL) 1990, the INPFL killed 200 innocent persons on grounds of their alleged support for NPFL. This massacre was carried out at the orders of Gen. Prince Johnson
1990 Conscription and illegal recruitment of child soldiers Caldwell base General Prince Y. Johnson Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia(INPFL) In 1990, the INPFL under the brutal command of General Prince Johnson recruited and used child soldiers to wage reign of terror on innocent people, contrary to the Geneva Convention.
1990 Looting of banks and properties Monrovia  General Prince Y. Johnson Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia(INPFL) In 1990, general Prince Johnson masterminded and ordered the looting of various banks inMonrovia. Stores at water side, ware houses atFreeport, were also affected.
May, 1991 Massacre Zorzor, LofaCounty Mangouhb Menior of the NPFL murdered National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL) In May 1991, Mangouhb Menior of the NPFL murdered 16 persons of the Mandingo and Gbandi ethnic groups in Zorzor. The victims were accused of being enemies of the revolution launched by Charles Taylor. Menlor was temporarily detained by Isaac Musa and later released on parole.
1991 Massacre Kakata, MargibiCounty An NPFL fighter code named “Mike Tyson” National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL) In 1991, on Bong Mines Highway an NPFL fighter code named “Mike Tyson” placed 73 person in a house and burned them to death in a place called “compound” on the Kakata – Bong Mines Highway. The victims were arrested as suspected ULIMO fighters.
October 20, 1991 Murder Zorgowee Town,Nimba County Paul Vaye, Henry Kerdiah, George Mansuo and George Karsuo National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL) on October 20, 1991: Paul Vaye, Henry Kerdiah, George Mansuo and George Karsuo arrested Jackson F. Doe in Buchanan,Grand BassaCounty, on the orders of Charles Taylor and murdered him in the Nimba Town of Zorgowee. 
October,1992 murder Gardnersville,MontserradoCounty Christopher Varmo and Edward Wowah National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL) in October 1992 during the infamous “Operation Octopus” launched by NPFL, five Catholic Nuns were murdered . Christopher Varmo and Edward Wowah carried out this operation.
October,1992 Summary Execution Horton’s Farm, Kakata, Margibi County Martina Johnson National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL) in October 1992: Martina Johnson, NPFL artillery commander ordered the execution of 23 person arrested in Bong Mines as suspected fighters of ULIMO.
December 26,1992 Massacre firestone, Margibi county Joseph Zackor, alias “Gen. Zack”, Nixon Gayor, Francis Duanna and men assigned with them massacred National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL) 

 

 

on December 26, 1992: Joseph Zackor, alias “Gen. Zack”, Nixon Gayor, Francis Duanna and men assigned with them massacred 35 persons at the Firestone Plantations, division No. 31 while escaping the ULIMO incursion in Kakata.
January 2, 1993 Massacre Voinjama, LofaCounty Cllr. Lavella Supuwood National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL) On January 2, 1993,  Cllr. J Lavelli Supuwoo, ordered and witnessed the execution of 18 persons in Voinjama. The blood of the victims was drained in a white bucket for unknown reasons.
June 6/7,1993 Massacre Carter camp, Margibi County AFL(Black beret) under the command structure of Brownell J Samukai Armed Forces ofLiberia(AFL) on June 6/7, 1993 as established by the  Wako commission, the AFL/Black beret under the command structure of Brownell J Samukai  slaughtered close to 600 men, women and children in cold blood from 0100hrs to 0300hrs. . The victims are said to be buried on the outskirts of the camp.
May 11, 1993 Summary execution Gbarnga,BongCounty Saar Gbollie National Patriotic Front of Liberia(NPFL) on May 11, 1993: Saar Gbollie executed 17 persons in the Gbarnga MP cell while serving as deputy MP commander for the Executive Mansion Presidential Guard Force (EMPPGF). The victims were arrested in Lofa on suspicion of being ULIMO fighters.
August, 1993 Massacre Ganta, NimbaCounty Matthew Cheplay National Patriotic Front of Liberia(NPFL) in August 1993: Matthew Cheplay, commander of “Wild Geese” and his men killed 21 persons in Ganta while in route to Sinoe and wanted to loot fuel from a trader. This incident claimed the lives of William Gensee, the wife, and three children of Samuel Luogon.
August 19,1993 Massacre LAC, Grand Bassa county Coo-Coo Dennis National Patriotic Front of Liberia(NPFL) on August 19,1993: Gen. Coo coo Dennis killed 26 persons in LAC when they were accused of being supporters of LPC.
1993 Massacre GreenvilleSinoeCounty George Boley Liberia peace Council(LPC) in 1993 more than 100 human skeletons were discovered at theFrancis J. Grant Hospital inGreenville, SinoeCounty. According to Mr. David Swen, the acting hospital administrator at the time, the skeletons were of people taken captive and slaughtered by LPC  upon the orders of George Boley in 1993.
1993 Murder Vahum, LofaCounty Charles Taylor and Thomas Worwiyu National Patriotic Front of Liberia(NPFL) in 1993, Six Senegalese ECOMOG soldiers were murdered by Oliver Varnie, Timothy Mulbah and Joe Doe in Vahun on orders of Charles Taylor and his then defense Minister J. Thomas Wuworyu following ECOMOG’s deployment in his controlled areas. Their bodies were dumped in a valley in Vahun and NPFL authorities refused to turn the bodies over to. It was based on persistent international pressure that the bodies of the six Senegalese were turned over to the ECOMOG High Command. Their bodies were flown to Senegal for proper burial.
January 15,1994 Massacre Neeswen Town,Rivercess County NPFL National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL ) on January 15, 1994 ,the NPFL fighters killed 32 persons after they were accused of being supporters of the LPC. The fighters were said to have entered the town at about 3:00am and began slaughtering occupants of houses marked by the LPC.
February,1994 Massacre KpakolokuyaTownBongCounty in iafa Normah National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL ) In 1994, Siafa Normah ordered the execution of 15 men inKpakolokuya Town,Bong County during his term as army chief of staff of the NPFL. Abel Normah and Wogbagii implemented the order.
May,1994 Massacre Gbarnga, BongCounty Cassius Jacobs. National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL ) in May 1994, Andrew Koah, Alosius Sackie, Gaye Getteh, Saturday Tuah, J.J. Doeh, and Marcus Seebo tied 19 men in a Tarpolin and hung them over a pile of fire until they died. The culprits acted on the orders f Cassius Jacobs.
1994 Summary Execution Zorzor, LofaCounty  General Apolo J. Swen, ULIMO Summary Execution in Zorzor,Lofa County in 1994: General Apolo J. Swen, front line commander for ULIMO, murdered 69 POWs of NPFL in Lofa. More than 100 civilians were also murdered two days after.
June 19, 1994 Massacre Moulton Corner, Brewersville,MontserradoCounty Alhaji G.V Kromah ULIMO-K on June 19, 1994 Nine persons, including an entire family, upon the orders of Alhaji G.V Kromah, were slaughtered in the areas that was controlled by Mandingo fighters of ULIMO-K who recaptured the area from  Krahn fighters.
September, 1994 Massacre Kpoloppai, BongCounty George Boley LPC In September 1994, LPC massacred about 300 persons “allegedly” when they fled the fighting in Gbarnga between ULIMO – K and NPFL.
September, 1994 Massacre Phebe, BongCounty LPC LPC Massacre at Phebe,Bong County in September 1994 as reported by residents of the area: LPC allegedly massacred over 100 persons who were hospitalized and or seeking shelter at the PhebeHospital after fleeing fighting between ULIMO –K and NPFL.
October/1994 Massacre Duoh, NimbaCounty Coo-Coo Dennis National Patriotic Front of Liberia( NPFL) in October 1994, Chinese Japper, a then commander under Coo coo Dennis, murdered 86 persons in  while retreating from Bassa with about 1700 fighters escaping from LPC.
October,1994 Murder Beilah, Bong county Saturday Tuah National Patriotic Front of Liberia( NPFL) in October 1994, On the orders of Saturday Tuah of the NPFL, Junior Vaye dumped the wife and children of James Glasco in the St. John Riverin Beilah during the fall of Gbarnga to ULIMO.
November1994 Massacre Sendin Crossing Point in NimbaCounty Dominic Sayeh and Bleh Vah National Patriotic Front of Liberia( NPFL) in November 1994: A group of NPFL soldiers led by Dominic Sayeh and Bleh Vah killed 176 persons at the Sendin Crossing Point in NimbaCounty. The victims were of the Bassa ethnic group.
November 11,1994 Massacre Ganta NimbaCounty  General Liberty National Patriotic Front of Liberia( NPFL) Massacre in GantaNimba County on November 11, 1994: General Liberty killed 21 unarmed boys in Ganta during the fall of Gbarnga. He accused them of being disguised ULIMO fighters.
December 15,1994 Massacre Cow Field, Duport Road,MontserradoCounty Paul Vaye, Sam Lartee National Patriotic Front of Liberia( NPFL) on December 19, 1994, About 48 persons (civilians were massacred by Paul Vaye, Sam Lartee and other soldiers of NPFL, while they were asleep at their home. Cow Field,Duport Road in the Paynesville area. The bodies were buried in a mass grave in thePalm GroveCemetery on Center Street.
January,1995 Murder Grand KruCounty  Liberia Peace Council LPC in January 1995 as reported by Isaiah Momboe Sackor, Ni LURD commander alias K-1 ffu Borta Community Development Association/ The Inquirer Newspaper, January 3, 1995 Vol. 4 # 241: The Liberian Peace Council fighters killed 18 citizens
Sept. 27, 1995 Massacre Tappita, NimbaCounty Gen. Jack the Rebel NPFL on September 27, 1995 reported by JPC: Gen. Jack the Rebel acting upon the orders of Charles G. Taylor killed 105 persons in Tappita. These people were killed because they refused to give up their only sawmill in their town.
March, 1996 Massacre Bokomu District,Fassama Town,Lofa County Maj. A.C. Dorley held ULIMO In March 1996 as reported by an escapee/Monrovia Daily News Vol. 3 # 61: Several person lost their lives in six villages and towns by fighters of ULIMO. The commanders Maj. A.C. Dorley held separate meetings in the area at which time he accused the villages of being informants for the Lofa Defense Force (LDF) and retreating remnants of NPFL.
April 18,1996 Massacre Zuanna Town/Bloun Town, Roycesville,BomiCounty ULIMO ULIMO in on April 18, 1996 as reported by several residents including the block leader/The News Newspaper, December 11, 1996 Vol. # 47: Twelve persons were killed when a group of fighters of ULIMO stormed the area and burned down the displaced camp and Karmo Town.
August, 1996 Massacre BTC, Monrovia AFL AFL Mass Grave found at Barclay Training Center (BTC) Beach, Central Monrovia, Montserrado County in August 1996 as reported by Chief Pathologist, Dr. Isaac Moss/ The National Chronicle, August 29-30, 1996 Vol. 1 #31: A team of medical doctors and health practitioners involved in the exhuming and reburying of dead bodies revealed that over 500 bodies were exhumed at the BTC beach and reburied at the Center Street Cemetery. Some of the people died from bullets or blunt objects while some were beheaded.
August,1996 Massacre Matadi Estate, Airfield and Unknown Unknown in August 1996 as reported by Chief Pathologist, Dr. Isaac Moss/ The National Chronicle, August 29-30, 1996 Vol. 1 #31: Mass grave were discovered in these areas by a team of medical doctors.
March 28, 1996 Massacre Sinje, Grand CapeMount County ULIMO ULIMO On March 28, 1996, according to a UN press release issued by the Special Representative of the Secretary General Amb. Anthony B. Nyakyi, about 17 civilians were killed and many were injured while about 1000 civilians escaped the bloodbath. But other reports put the number at 25 to 48.
Sept., 1996 Murder Robertsport,Grand CapeMount County Unknown Unknown More Killing in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County in September 1996 as reported by fleeing residents/The Inquirer Newspaper October 4, 1996 Vol. 5 # 75: Unidentified fighters reportedly killed
1996 Brutal killings Robertsport,Grand CapemountCounty ULIMO ULIMO Nine prominent citizens of Robertsport were executed by men of ULIMO on  claims that their victims gave money to another armed group to attack their positions.
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October,1996 Gruesome Killings seyon TownBushrod Island  Unknown Unknown in October 1996 as reported by residents of Seyon Town/The News Newspaper October 18, 1996 Vol. 7 # 24: Three ex-combatants who had lured the market women from the Freeport of Monrovia where they had gone to buy rice and bulgur wheat slaughtered the two women; Doris Dekeh and Louis (surname not known). The three after they had killed the women, sprinkled kerosene on their remains, covered them with tires and set them ablaze. LD $2500 was taken from them.
December 11, 1996 Massacre Zuanna TownBloun, Royesville, BomiCounty ULIMO-J ULIMO-J in Zuanna Town Bloun, Royesville, Bomi County on December 7, 1996 as reported by the News Newspaper December 11, 1996 Vol. 7 # 47: Eight persons were killed. ULIMO-J is accused of committing the act.
November 28, 1997 Murder Gbarnga, BongCounty Benjamin Yeaten NPFL on November 28, 1997 an opposition politician and former Deputy Speaker of the TLA, Samuel Saye Doke, his wife Janet, his sister Serena and nephew Emmanuel Voker were arrested at a security checkpoint in Gbarnga while in route to Sanniquellie, NimbaCounty to attend a welding. It was alleged that the SSS Director, Benjamin Yeaten ordered their arrest. Following their arrest, Mr. Dokie was brought toMonrovia for investigation and subsequently take back to Gbarnga. Three days later, the burnt bodies of the Dokies, the government said it never ordered the arrest of Mr. Dokie. The SSS Director, Benjamin Yeaten, however, admitted ordering Mr. Dokie’s arrest, but not his murder. Yeaten was temporarily relived of his post to assist in the investigation. The court for lack of evidence acquitted two security personnel Richard Saydee and Kennday Fineboy, who had been named as prime suspects. Their bodies are said to be buried around a place called Barbecue Corner on the Gbarnga-Kokoy Road
December 16,1997 Murder Free port,Monrovia State security GOL on December 16,1997 as reported by eyewitnesses: Daniel Nyankan, a businessman was found dead around the Freeport of Monrovia with bruises all over his body. His death sparked off controversy, with the police authorities accusing ECOMOG soldiers of killing Nyankan. Family sources, however, quoted eyewitnesses as saying that state security forces killed Nyankan after he had been severely flogged.
April,1998 Massacre( pregnant woman and others buried alive) Zorzor, LofaCounty NPFL NPFL in April 1998 as reported by Zorzor citizen youth leader George/ The Heritage, April 28-30, 1998 Vol. 2 #53: NPFL fighters killed several people including pregnant women. The youth leader (George) claimed that the victims’ hands and legs were tied before they were buried alive in shallow, thin graves of about three to four feet deep.
June 28, 1998 Murder Paynesville,MontserradoCounty SSS personnel GOL on June 28, 1998: Nowai Flomo, a market woman, disappeared from her residence inKpelle Town, Paynesville. She was allegedly abducted from her house at about 11:00am by nine officers of the SSS, led by one David Daniel, who had gone to visit Ms. Gormie Jartu, a housemate of Ms. Flomo. The SSS officers allegedly murdered her after an exchange of words over the manner in which the security personnel drove in the yard. Her corpse has not been found. The police later released all those arrested in connection with the disappearance for what the police termed “lack of evidence”.
Sept. 18,1996 Massacre Johnson Road,Monrovia  Security forces GOL on September 18, 1998 as reported by resident in the Camp Johnson Road Area: State Security forces attacked Gen. Roosevelt Johnson, a former warring faction leader, onCamp Johnson Road. The government within 24 hours gave three different reasons for the invasion, which eyewitness accounts say, claimed the lives of over 100 persons. The government put the casualty figures at 53. The government first said that its security forces went to evict illegal occupants in private houses when they came under attack. Then, State Security Officials alleged that they were on patrol in theCamp Johnson Road area when they came under attack from supporters of Gen. Johnson.
September 19, 1998 Massacre Camp Johnson RoadMonrovia  Col. Junior Fania, Leo Jebo, Saa Gbollie, Joe Tuah, General Eric Sway, and Arthur saah GOL On September 18th, President Taylor ordered the eviction of Mr. Roosevelt Johnson from his residence. Several persons of the Krahn ethnic tribe ran into the Episcopal Church. SSU allegedly executed about 1500 persons, mostly young men at dawn of September 19, 1998. Col. Junior Fania, Leo Jebo, Saa Gbollie, Joe
August 11, 1999 Massacre Nikagabozu, LofaCounty LURD/NPFL LURD/NPFL about 100 persons were massacred  in Nikagabozu. This was believed to be a reprisal of a recent massacre of elders and Chiefs of Lawalazo by dissident forces (LURD) when they entered Liberia on August 11, 1999. The students blamed the massacre squarely at the feet of Defense Minister, Daniel Chea as a result of an interview he granted the BBC Journalist Robin White.
October 10,1999 Massacre Swen, BomiCounty Siafa Norman NPFL on October 10, 1999: Siafa Norman massacred about 20 civilians who were accused of being LURD supporters in Swen Mechan District,Bomi County.
January 2000 Massacre Zorzor District,Lofa County Security forces GOL Massacre in Bawon Town, Zorzor District, Lofa County in January 2000 as reported by UL students from Quardu-Gboni Mandingo Chiefdom/New Democrat Newspaper, February 4-7, 2000 Vol. 6 #145: Armed militiamen massacred 18 persons of the Mandingo ethnic group in Lofa County. Government announced an investigation into the extra-judicial killings, but nothing was heard beyond the announcement.
January,2000 Massacre Gbarnga, BongCounty Melvin Sobani GOL in January 2000: Melvin Sobani ordered the execution of 26 unarmed civilians in Gbar, Bomi County. They were accused of being supporters of LURD
May,200 Summary Execution Voinjama, LofaCounty Joe Gbala LURD in May 2000: Mr. Joe Gbala ordered the execution of 42 captives in Voinjama. They were considered GOL soldiers who had surrendered in a battle between John Town and Zorzor. Others were brought from Foyah
March,2001 Summary Execution Kornia, LofaCounty Momo Jebah ATU in March 2001, Momo Jibba ordered the execution of 14 persons in Kornia,Lofa County when GOL recaptured the town from LURD. He also planned and executed the death of François Massaquoi, the then Youth and Sports Minister. 
June 9,2002 massacre Bopolu, GbarpoluCounty Sekou Damante Conneh LURD on June 9, 2002, Ofourie Jay alias “Iron Jacket” upon orders of Sekou Damante Conteh , massacred 110 young men and women in Bopolu, Gbarpolu county. They were accused of being sympathizers of GOL
July 20,2002 Massacre Tubmanburg,Bomi County Benjamin Yeaten GOL in Marhair RiverBridge, on July 20, 2002 as reported by two of the survivors, about 175 persons were massacred allegedly on the orders of Gen. Benjamin Yeaten. They claimed that the people were sympathizers of LURD.
Sept. 18, 2002 Summary Execution Congo TownMonrovia Charles Taylor, Jr ATU on September 18, 2002: Isaac Gono of the ATU, Chief Driver of Charles Taylor, Jr. “Chucky”, was beaten to death on the morning of September 18, 2002 for allegedly hitting a dog with Chucky’s car.
October 21, 2002 Incursion into Ivory Coast Ivory Coast  Charles G. Taylor on October 21, 2002: Charles Taylor mandated Benjamin Yeaten Joe Tuah, Liaison officer, Edward T. Zamay, Training Officer, Walloe, death squad commander, Osebo Demain, logistics officer, and Matthew Karn, artillery commander to cross into Ivory Coast to assist Felix Doe, leader of the Western Rebel, as mercenaries
February 28, 2003 Massacre Toe’s Town, Grand Gedeh County General Gbor Vaye GOL on February 28, 2003 as reported by JPC Monitor/The Inquirer Newspaper, March 17, 2003 Vol. 13 #39/ The News Newspaper, March 17, 2003 Vol. 14 #222: General Gbor Vaye of the GOL slaughtered three employees of the Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) namely: Kara Lund, a Norwegian, Arty. Emmanuel Sharply, a Liberian and Country Director, and driver Muse Keita, another Liberian were massacred while in route to Maryland County to pay their employees. The perpetrators were never brought to justice
June 4, 2003 Murder Paynesville,MontserradoCounty Gen. Benjamin Yeaten. GOL Murder in Paynesville, Montserrado County on June 4, 2003 as reported by the deceased wives and relatives: The Deputy Ministers for National Security and Public Works, John Yormie and Isaac Vaye were arrested on the night of June 4, 2003 by a group of armed men under the command of one “Bababa” of the SSS which it was alleged he was acting on the orders of Gen. Benjamin Yeaten. They were allegedly brought toMonrovia, interrogated and later driven back on the Gbarnga-Ganta highway (CNC Logging Company area) and later killed. Their bodies were allegedly dropped on the train track by a container in the Ganta area. Their wives are demanding their bodies to give them a befitting burial
May 26, 2003 Massacre Gbarn, NimbaCounty Adolphus Sampson GOL on May 26, 2003: Adolphus Sampson, special bodyguard to Gen. Benjamin Yeaten murdered a family of five at the railroad bridge near Gbarn, NimbaCounty upon seeing then with $75,000LD, and two pieces of diamonds
May 2003 Summary Execution Lofa Bridge  Sekou Kromah LURD In May 2003,General Sekou  Kromah and his men murdered 24 persons on LofaBridge. The victims were arrested in the Tubmanburg area and charged with reconnaissance. On the same day,  the perpetrator forced a boy to killed his father and suck up his brains.
June-July 2003 Summary execution Monrovia  Lomax, artillery crew commander of Wild Geese and Marcus High Grade GOL Summary execution in Monrovia in June-July 2003: Lomax, artillery crew commander of Wild Geese, Marcus High Grade, bodyguard to Yeaten and Nyan murdered 42 persons on theJohnson StreetBridge for looting. The victims were accused but never tried.
June 9, 2003 Summary Execution Stockton Creek bridge, Monrovia Charles Taylor, Jr. ATU on June 9, 2003, Charles Taylor, Jr. “Chucky” murdered 18 persons at theStockton CreekBridge. Gen. Roland Duo men arrested these people as POW of LURD.
July, 2003 Massacre Combat Camp Gen. Yeaten GOL in July 2003: Marcus High Grade and Gola-Red acting on instruction of Gen. Yeaten transported 78 wounded soldiers from Monrovia to Combat Camp, under pretense of going to pay them and killed them. The victims were demanding to be paid by Charles Taylor.
July, 2003 Summary Execution Klay, BomiCounty Cllr.J  Laveli Supuwood LURD in July 2003, General Abbas of LURD ,said to be acting upon the orders of Cllr. Laveli Supowood,vice chairman/operation, LURD, murdered 26 persons in Klay. The victims were arrested on BushrodIsland as POW of GOL. Most of their bodies were chop to pieces.
September 8-20, 2003 Massacre Tubman Farm,Bong County Gen. Benjamin Yeaten GOL On September 8-20, 2003: Zeezah Mazah, special bodyguard to Benjamin Yeaten fed Mr. Charles Taylor’s lions with 26 living persons on his farm in Maleki,Bong County. This was a prescribed punishment for those who committed crimes.
October 11-26, 2003 Summary Execution Po-River, BomiCounty General Wasue Donzo LURD On October 11-26, 2003: General Wasue Donzo of the LURD ordered the execution of over 26 persons on the Po-River Bridge,Tubmanburg Highway and dumped some of their bodies in the Po-River.
2003 Massacre Buchanan, GrandBassa County Thomas Nimley MODEL In 2003, upon the instructions of  the high command of MODEL, over 1 60 persons were placed in a house custody, and the house set on fire on suspicion of being fighters of GOL
October, 2003 Massacre Greenville, Sinoe Alphonso Zeon MODEL In July, 2003, fighters of MODEL under the command of one General Alphonso Zeon arrested 86 civilians, tied them up in a tarpaulin , lighted fire under them and roasted them to death. Most of the victims were men whose women were seized and raped.
November, 2004 massacre River gee County General zero MODEL In November, 2003, 20 persons were arrested , accused of being Charles Taylor sympathizers, and skinned to death with their hearts extracted and eaten by child soldiers of MODEL
2003 Massacre River Gee County H. Don Morias GOL In 2003, more than 500 innocent persons were slaughtered upon orders of H Dan Morias and others in Glawlo, RiverGee County.
2003 Massacre Liberia/Ivorian border Thomas Nimley MODEL 300 persons who refused to join the MODEL fighting group were executed. Some of them were amputated and left to die while others were beheaded. Most of these acts were carried out by child soldiers on orders from  Boi-blajue-Boi of MODEL
2003 Summary execution Clara Town,Bushrod Island LURD commander alias K-1 LURD In, July, LURD commander alias K-1 ordered the killing of over 25 civilians for allegedly looting.
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When evil and corrupt men try to champion a cause that is so noble … such cause, how noble it may be, becomes meaningless in the eyes of the people – Bernard Gbayee Goah.

If Liberia must move forward …

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of “President of the Republic of Liberia” must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come – Bernard Gbayee Goah 

Liberia’s greatest problem!

While it is true that an individual may be held responsible for corruption and mismanagement of funds in government, the lack of proper system to work with may as well impede the process of ethical, managerial, and financial accountability – Bernard Gbayee Goah

What do I think should be done?

The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.

Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole – Bernard Gbayee Goah

 

Liberia’s Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
Liberia’s gold, diamond, and other natural resources will not always be an available source of revenue generation for its people and its government. The need to invent a system in government that focuses on an alternative income generation method cannot be over emphasized at this point – Bernard Gbayee Goah

 

Liberia needs a proper system
If Liberians refuse to erect a proper system in place that promotes the minimization of corruption and mismanagement of public funds by government institutions, and individuals, there will come a time when the value of the entire country will be seen as a large valueless land suited on the west coast of Africa with some polluted bodies of waters and nothing else. To have no system in place in any country is to have no respect for rule of law. To have no respect for rule of law is to believe in lawlessness. And where there is lawlessness, there is always corruption – Bernard Gbayee Goah

Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truth – Bernard Gbayee Goah

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