|Bernard Gbayee Goah|
“Children were conscripted as soldiers when I fought Liberia’s battle”, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf admits. According to FrontPage Africa online news, in her 2017 Annual Message, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia mentioned the following:
"I am seventy-eight years old. I have been fighting Liberia’s battles for more than half a century – all my adult life – and our nation’s struggles have blended into and are indistinguishable from my own. I have been a witness as our country has gone from civil unrest, dictatorship, anarchy and war; from the abuse of children conscripted as soldiers, pervasive sexual violence, and economic collapse; and then, finally, to peace, elections, development, and an open and dynamic civil society."
Source of Information: http://www.frontpageafricaonline.com/index.php/politics/3157-president-2017-annual-message-accounting-for-our-stewardship
Now that the president has finally admitted children were conscripted as soldiers, and that pervasive sexual violence took place while she fought her war, I would like to hastily remind the President that an estimation of more than two hundred thousand innocent people were killed, hundreds of thousands uprooted from their homes, and hundreds of thousands more displaced in foreign lands as a result of the war she and others initiated and fought.
Atrocities committed in Liberia are so grave; a personal experience of the war is not required to understand the magnitude of what took place. YouTube Recorded videos of the level of madness Madam Sirleaf and others brought upon the Liberian people, and how countless number of innocent people were raped, tortured, enslaved, and killed are so dehumanizing; there can be no statue of limitations.
As such, the demand for justice by those of us who have experienced such nightmare is genuine, and must be respected and not brushed aside as Madam Sirleaf has done this whole time.
With such merciless acts carried out against us as a people, it is unbelievable that not a single person has been held accountable! Worse of all, those accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity are the ones running the affairs of victims of war in Liberia today. Suspects of war crimes and crimes against humanity are now dictating the pace of a “government favored so-called justice process” that holds no one accountable.
Irrespective of the headaches and ruckus that may come with it, we must hold accountable those bearing the greatest responsibility for war crimes, and crimes against humanity in Liberia. And surely the International Community could help by standing with war victims as well. Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf And Others Must Pay For Their Crimes. We Want The Establishment Of A War Crimes Court For Liberia!