Yes. If I may I would like to make just a slight distinction between abduction and hostage taking in the sense that in both wars it became clear that people might join one or other armed faction, because we must remember that there were a large number of armed factions in existence, not exactly out of their own free will.
Now what I mean by that is, for example, if a group came to attack a particular area it could be that some people from that area join out of some sort of sympathy. It could also be that they join in order to protect themselves or their community or their town from being attacked or burned or something like that. Or it could be that they're more or less press ganged.
One thing that happened commonly was that all the fighting forces needed porters because of course there was very little mechanised transport and being forced to act as a porter for one of these movements was a very onerous - because it means carrying on your head, you know, large, heavy loads and there may be people who would rather volunteer as a fighter than be forced to act as a porter.
So when I say abductions I'm talking about people who more or less under coercion found themselves, or with a certain degree of coercion, found themselves becoming part of an armed forces. For present purposes that's what I'm referring to as an abduction.
The hostage taking that I'm referring to in this report, I mean something rather different. I mean that from an early stage in the Liberian campaign, when it became clear in particular that the Nigerian government was sympathetic to the government of Samuel Doe, President Doe as he then was, and particularly after the intervention of the West African force known as ECOMOG in August 1990 then hundreds of West Africans were deliberately taken as hostages because it was hoped that by these means - by the NPFL because it was hoped that by these means pressure could be put to bear on their governments.
In other words the governments that had organised the intervention force were being pressured by having their nationals in Liberia taken hostage and in many cases maltreated or even killed. So that hostage taking was a much more, as it were, deliberate and politically oriented act than the abductions which were taking place throughout the country almost as a social phenomenon, if that distinction makes sense.