The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

No, soldiers in the NPFL were not paid. They were all volunteers, but - okay, well, let me put it this way: When we look at pay in terms of a salary cheque at the end of the month, no. They were volunteers. But what was provided for the fighting men in Liberia, we provided food, we provided medical care and we provided clothing for our soldiers. So, on the one hand if you want to look at that as pay, yes. On the other hand if you are looking at it in terms of a salary cheque, no.

And we were lucky - and I did not mention - when we captured Buchanan in or around May of 1991 it was reported to us that the Government of Liberia had just ordered 300,000 bags of rice for their military purposes. That ship was docked off the coast of Buchanan and the friendly people of Buchanan at the port told us about the ship. So we went and we brought the ship into harbour and off-loaded the 300,000 bags of rice, so Doe lost and we won. And it is that food. We never sold one grain of that rice. It is that rice that we provided to displaced centres free of charge and we fed the armed forces.

So in a way while it was not that kind of pay, but they did get something. They were not just out there struggling on their own, having to fend for themselves. They received food, rice. The government bought - by then I am talking about the NPRAG bought oils and salt. All of the provisions to feed the armed forces, they were fed by us.

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