The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia.
It is Krio, yes.
Krios are different.
It was a broken form of it. It is something like English Krio. The Liberians speak that way.
There is Sierra Leone Krio. Sierra Leone have their own Krio.
They have their pidgin Krio that they speak there.
No, no, I don't know about that.
Yes, I agree with that.
I think we will be on that today.
Papa, those people that I am speaking about they were Liberians.
Papa, whosoever is in Sierra Leone, a Sierra Leonean Krio, as long as you are a Sierra Leonean, that is the Sierra Leonean Krio that you speak. You will not speak that broken type.
It was their Krio that made me know that they were Liberians.
Not at all.
It is not that. I had been to Liberia before so I know the way they speak their own Krio.
They heard those who were speaking the Krio the way that I speak it now and they had those who were speaking the broken Krio, the Liberian men.
Well, what I meant by youths was those were men - men who were brave enough and anybody who was brave enough at that time we referred to ourselves as youths. Not very small boys; men like me.
Well, some were speaking Krio and some of them were speaking that broken Krio. That was the composition of the group.
For him not to kill me, for him not to kill me, because at that time they were searching out for drivers and mechanics.
The house that my aunt built in Koidu Town.
Yes, sir, I saw them kill. I saw them killing. I saw them burning houses too. Even our house, later they came and burnt it down. They burnt it down.
They were killing and burning down houses in the town, sir.
Because the way and manner in which they came they did not want to see anybody who was not ready to join them. In fact they did not want to see anybody. They did not want to see anybody.
Yes, they were ex-men who had joined the SLA. They were all SLA.
It was the one who chopped off my hand. Those were the ones I referred to as SLA.
I do not understand you.
The ones who did it to me, the reason why I said that, I was talking about the ones who chopped off my hand in my presence. I did say that they were SLA soldiers. The reason why I said about those people, it was when I had them speaking ...
I know that if it in my statement. It should be there. I said it.
I had said that before when I made my statement. I had said it before. If you look at my statement I did speak about CO Matthew and I spoke about the Fullah man and I spoke about the pidgin English that the men were speaking. I said all of ...
Mr Taylor did not do anything to me. The people who did something to me were the ones I spoke about. I have never seen him in person before. All the time I have seen him is in photographs. I do not have any quarrels with Mr Taylor. I have ...
That is not the reason. I do not have grudge for anybody. That is not the reason. What happened to me was what I said. That was why when I came here I took an oath. I swore on the Koran.
I said it.
I don't know why they did not put it there, but I know that I said it.
Well, maybe it was the person who obtained the statement that did not include that there, but I did say it.
Yes, sir. Yes, sir.
No. No, sir. No, sir. No.
When God helps, ECOMOG came around, they ran away and I too escaped.
I know the job a little bit. I am in the middle. Midway.
Three years and nine months, no matter what happens I had experience. Three years and nine months. I wouldn't say that I am qualified, but I had the experience.
Mama, I had the experience. That was why I worked with those men. How did I manage to know about clutch? A human being cannot say you are qualified. It is God who tells somebody who holds the qualification. It is God who approves of somebody's qualification.
When God wants to help somebody he will help you. You know, this area that I saw that was broken in the engine was the clutch and they did not know that it was the clutch and the Fullah man who was with them, two of us did the job ...
I heard it, yes, yes.
I said I was with them since April - I mean February up to April when ECOMOG entered. That was the time I was able to escape from them.
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