The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia.
I did not know. I just heard them say, "My meh, let's go. My meh, let's go." So I did not know what that was. I just saw them going. So to my thinking I concluded that they were going.
The reason I said so, because my uncle speaks it and I hear it so, just like I am, if you are speaking Kono and I am Kono, if you are speaking it, whatever it is, if you cannot speak Mende and I am close to you, if it is ...
I did not go there.
I cannot speak it, but my mother's younger brother came from Liberia. When he is speaking it, he used to speak it, so whoever spoke it, I would know that that person was speaking Liberian.
I speak it, but I am not fluent in it like others.
I can remember.
It was at the beginning when the ECOMOG went to Kokuima. Those who came out running were going to Kokuima, to ECOMOG. That was how people were saved.
No. At the time that that thing happened, at the time the highway was attacked nobody could enter, nor come out. It was at that time that this thing happened.
Yes, he burnt their bodies, but one of them did not die. The other one, even now, where he is now is a very far place, but he is there, but he is not able to work now.
In that week that he changed, we went into the bush and it was at that time that he chased us there again and did that bad thing to me.
The week in which he changed towards people, it was in that week that we went into the bush at Baima.
The checkpoint was at Maima. [Indiscernible].
When this thing happened to me - when this thing happened to me - that week I did not see him any longer, but when we were coming if you said you were going to him they would allow you to go.
I did not know. The man just changed all of a sudden. How would you know? At the time we were worried. I did not ask why he had changed towards us. He changed and, you know, at that time we were running into the bush. We were not able ...
Initially, when he had these boys there, he knew - he spoke to people amicably, but he changed suddenly. You never looked to see his face properly.
There is a huge pile of sand there. They used to mine diamond there. I used to go there to sell my wares, like groundnut and banana, and his boys used to buy from me. When they take those things from me, he was the one who paid for them.
Number 11 plant, from Yardu Road when you are going towards Tombodu.
NDMC, Number 11. When you are going towards Tombodu, that is where the plant was. That's the place. That's how we call it in Kono.
Many occasions. He had people working for him at Number 11 at NDMC. That was where he had a place to work. He had one of his boys called Lansana. He limps as he walks.
Even now I know him. Even now, if you put him in front of me I will know him.
That was what happened.
I said it, but they had on the same clothes, the same traditional - the same combat, so if they took your property from you that was what they said just so that you wouldn't know.
Yes. If it's a language that you can speak, it's not difficult to know because he can speak it to such a great extent.
I can remember that I saw these people, whether they were rebels or they were imitating.
You want me to answer it, or to explain?
I understand you.
Okay, that is no problem.
Can I go?
Because at first the language that they started speaking was Krio, then later when they took the things and they were going towards Gandorhun it was at that time that they spoke that.
What I heard - I did not hear anybody in Kono who speak that Krio. When they took those things from the people they said we should go. Those which they took, they went towards Gandorhun. They say, "My meh, let's go". I didn't know what "my meh, let ...
Those who met us, those who we met on the way, they started speaking Krio, but when we got to town and they took the belongings from the people it was the time that they changed their language. At the time they were getting ready to go, that was when ...
I do not know the distinction. I cannot tell the distinction, because they all had on those clothes.
Towards the end of the dry season when some people were felling trees and some burning the grass on the farms.
That is true. If there is someone there I can go with I will go with him and tell the total from there to Tombodu.
I did it at the bottom.
Yes, at the time it was there in town.
I can't remember because it's a long time now.
I know the mark. I know my fingerprint, but I do not know if that is my name written close to it.
I signed it myself.
I can see it.
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