Well, this banana bush that we were, they burnt down the house and we found ourselves in the banana bush. The next morning we slept and we woke up and the next morning I saw this same man who had taken this 50,000 from me, that soldier, but he hadn't any clothes any longer. He just was wearing a pair of trousers and a pair of shirts. He had a cutlass and a gun.
Then he asked me, "Hey, Mr Alusine", he said, "Have they burnt this house?", and I said, "Yes, sir". He said he was not on duty. He said if he had been on duty they wouldn't have burn down this house. He said, "In any case, when something has happened it has happened". He said, "Bear it up". He said, "Have you got anything to eat here?", and I said, "No, I'm not hungry. At the moment I am so panic stricken. If you can take me here up to Shell Company so that we can get away from the enemies". Then he said he himself if he joined us, the civilian group, they will say they've betrayed him - he has betrayed them and they will kill him. He said we shouldn't make noise where we were and he said if we make any noise and if they found us out that would be a problem, and I said, "Okay".
He wanted to go away and I said, "Don't go away. Since this morning we've not had water to bathe". He asked us if we had a bucket and I told him to look where the house had been burnt. He asked for my wife, I said here she was and they went out and took two buckets by the bathroom. They took water there from the water well. We drank and we used it to wash our faces. He asked us if we had anything to eat and we said, "The house has been burnt. What would we have to eat? We have nothing". He said he will go and find something for us to eat, but he said we should stay quiet. Then I said, "Yes, sir".
Indeed, he went and brought six cups of rice and he brought four tins of corned beef. He brought Maggi cubes and pepper. No salt. He asked for a pot and we said that the pots were where the house had been burnt. Then he took the pot and brought it. I cooked the rice, but the women were all afraid. Where the house was burnt, that was where I took fire and cooked the rice. The rice was boiling when he brought a chicken. Mr Jalloh killed the chicken and I plucked the feathers and we cooked one pot. We shared it. He took his to his own group and we ate the rest.
I said, "Pa, this thing that you are doing for us, try and get us out of here. Maybe we would come across ECOMOG". Then he himself said, "I won't tell lies to you because the roads are all blockaded. This place that you are, if God saves you there then you won't have any problem". So we too sat there in confidence. We slept there and the next morning we did not see him.
The next morning, making three, we were sitting there when one child screamed. Then the girl, the child, said --