The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia.
Yes, because some people referred to each other as "meh".
Well, it could be if they were Liberians, I don't know.
Well, I can't tell you they came from there.
None at all.
Well, who is the leader? Who was the leader of the people whom ECOMOG had driven out?
At the time ECOMOG finally drove them out and when they went?
No-one was eager to go out and see them, because someone who came from the bush there wasn't any need for you to rush there to go and see that person because it can be the other way round.
Well some people were talking within Freetown at that time whether rebels had tails, because they had not seen them before.
That was the first time we heard that the RUF had entered the city.
Well I think it was about three to four days when - that some confusion reigned, but after some days situations came to normalcy and they asked everybody to go about their normal business.
I was in Freetown, yes.
Well, I wouldn't say I was happy.
Well, that regime came and they did not come violently, they were not fighting. They came - they did not come to fight against civilians, they came for the government, and when they came, they took the government. People received them --
Yes, I was in Freetown.
Not at all.
No, because by then I was busy. I was going about my business, because by then we hadn't been targeted in Freetown.
Well, they were talking about war. They said it was around Kailahun, Pujehun, those areas, because those were the areas the war started.
The war met me in Freetown, but at that time - the war started in the north because by then it had not affected us in Freetown, in the provinces.
Well, if they did that against, yes, during the Strasser days I knew about that one because when they came they said they came to ask for ration and medicines. That was the time Strasser and others came against Momoh.
Well, I was still in Kissy.
March, March, March. Do you mean January?
Well, now, because now, if we go to someone to beg, the person, no sooner the person sees you he or she will close the door. They will not want to see us. You will sit there for some time, except you decide to move and go ahead. How long ...
Well, my brothers and sisters, I want to tell you something. There is too much corruption that we have in the African countries because anybody who came for political reasons, they will harm those of us who are the innocent ones, who do not have anything. And now my family ...
Well, they had put me in a critical position because before, I was someone who had a job, I was working, I used to look for my own living for myself, but since my hands have been chopped off I go to town and beg, because I have nobody to ...
Well, nobody as yet.
No, 387, including the war wounded.
Aberdeen camp, when we were there as displaced people we were about 387.
Well, over there, we were many there because I think there were about 208, no, 80, 82, including the war wounded because there were men whose hands were hacked but it was not completely chopped off.
Well, we have spent over five years.
Well, he is my son. He is the only person who could be - who could make it to take care of me because whatsoever thing I want to do, even if I want to ease myself, he is the one that does it for me.
He is still with me.
Yes. Yes, that is Karim.
Well, after the sore had healed, they established a camp for us called the Aberdeen camp and they took us to that camp around Aberdeen, at the handicap camp.
Well, I was admitted at the Connaught Hospital for six months.
Well, he went and consulted with his boss, and that was a French doctor, and when that doctor came he tried to inspect the place and he said, "Oh, now there is no vein, there is no bone, it's all tetanus now, so we need to cut it off ...
Well, I was there - because the day they took me there there wasn't any doctor present. I was seated at the big gate for a long time and I was still bleeding when a doctor later came, he met me there, and they said, he said, "Oh, this man ...
So, as I approached them at that place, Ferry Junction, one of the ECOMOG tried to tear apart a T-shirt and they assisted to wrap the place. So they looked out for a vehicle which could assist me. It did not take too long when a van arrived and they ...
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