The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia.
They captured them first before I went in search of my people.
Well, they captured me and I spent a week there. Up to four weeks.
Well, I took long there a little.
When we were in Kono?
Well we were in the middle of it, towards the end. That's when I went.
We were in Makeni in 1999. It was at that time that I started going in search of my people.
It took long, because I did not check it at the time because I was captured in the bush and I was there up to the time of after the war when I discovered my people.
At the time I spoke Kono.
Well, when she was explaining she interpreted - the interpreter interpreted in Kono.
She spoke English.
Yes, I speak Krio.
I speak Kono and Krio.
I don't understand.
I said when they were going to the mines it was the rebels who carried the guns when their workers, the civilians, were being taken to the mines.
It was the rebels who carried guns. Some, they have guns when I saw them going.
I used to see them together. Some with shakers and shovels as they went. We used to meet them - I used to meet them on the way when I was going in search of my brother.
I used to see the rebels with pickaxes because there was one place which they called Kaisambo. There was a population there. It's close to the main road. That was where they mined.
Well, I saw them going to the mines to mine. Sometimes in the morning, when I was going in search of my brother, I used to see them with their shakers and shovels and some civilians would be in front of them as they went to do that work.
At the time that I went in search of my brother, in Koidu, they were doing mining there when I went in search of my brother.
Yes. At the time that that we were in Kissi Town that happened there.
Well, where we were, they only brought jamba there. I did not know whether they brought others, because we were many. I did not know whether they used to bring other things there. I can't tell.
They just used to bring the jamba in the evening.
I said I did not see them selling food. They only used to sell those things in the evenings.
No, I did not see those foods.
Yes, they were there.
Well, I did not know whether it was a long distance or not, but I knew that their base was there. Whether - they were not based there, they just used to come to sell where we were.
Well, I used to see them. I did not know which exact group they were.
Well, they used to come. Some would be in civilian clothing while others would be wearing military trousers and civilians clothes. That was how we saw them.
Yes. Some Liberians who were speaking Liberian English used to sell them there.
Well, there was food but it was rationed at a particular time.
Yes, nothing happened to me until I found my people.
Yes, because he used to advise me up to the time I found my people and nothing happened to me.
Yes, I went there.
Yes, he was a lieutenant but he's retired.
Well, I did not know that, whether they were fighting against him.
Yes, he said he was a ULIMO soldier.
Well, I asked him and he said before they were sent their separate ways they were all in ULIMO.
When, sometimes when we were discussing and when he was talking about their squad he mentioned his name once. He said he was one of their senior men. He said but the war sent them their separate ways. It was then that I heard his name.
Well, at the time when we were sitting down, he said those were their bosses. They were the ones who came. He said when the fighting started they went in disarray.
I used to hear his own name.
There were more than hundred.
Yes, there were many.
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