Much of what is occurring in Liberia today is very evocative of the period between 1869 and 1872. The 1869 election pitted the Republicans against the newly formed and insurgent (True) Whigs. Liberia was still a fairly new experiment, but a marvel in terms of black governance. The Republicans had been in power for 22 years. As always, parties that stay long in power tend to become entrenched and detached from reality.
Millennials in Liberia are taking the lead in educating their peers and young people about the history of the country’s 14 years of devastating civil war, a subject that is excluded from the syllabus in schools across the nation.
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 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.
For Elizabeth Byamue, 63, the horror of the day that destroyed her world has never gone away.
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.