The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia.
Amen. May God keep you well, those of you whom I've met here.
He was not a Kamajor. I did not know him to be a Kamajor.
Yes, we were together in that house, that one who was killed.
Yes, that happened, but that was not in Motema. From Motema to that place it's a long distance.
Kai Sandy. Kai Sandy. Kai Sandy.
That man who was killed, he was a Kamajor, Mr Aiah Sandy.
Apart from Aiah who was killed there?
Well, I did not know any other person except the person you are talking about because they were close. That one who was killed in that village with his throat cut, Mr Aiah Sandy.
Well, he came - he came to the village called Giehun and I have a nephew that I went to visit him there when I saw him and he took me to his house. Then he said, "Please, my man, I have become a Kamajor. You too, won't you join ...
No, he was in another village far off. In fact it's far away from Motema. But he was not in that village any more. He was in the Mende area. That was where he joined the Kamajor. That was where they were fighting.
Well, he was the only one. I was even surprised that he became a Kamajor, because he was not a Kamajor.
Yes, he was a Kamajor, but they were in the Mende area.
Yes, but I said I did not join the Kamajors. I did not join the Kamajors.
At that time I had not been shot.
I had one of my friends who said I should join the Kamajors, but I said, "I do have a family. I have my families". If I say I'm going to join the Kamajors, that will be a problem. I wouldn't have time for my children and my ...
Well, I knew him. He - to join to fight the war. That was when I knew him, but he was a Kamajor.
Well, the rebels did that. When they did that they returned to Njaiama. They returned to Njaiama in haste. When the Kamajors were coming to that place, they did not meet them there. They had gone.
Well, we were in one village - the village that I was talking about - called Timgbor. They bypassed us there and they surfaced in one village there. That was where they came and they met Mr Kai Sandy with a gun, with bullets. At that time - it was at that time ...
Yes, but he was not there. They were in a village far off, but he died.
Well Kai Sandy I heard it, but he died. In Motema he died there.
At that house?
Fixo Bio. Fixo Bio. Fixo Bio.
Well that one that I was talking about that took the troop there whom they called Victor, he was there. I said I knew him. He used to be a rebel leader.
Well, somebody would give birth to a child and name that child.
Well, it's a name. People often say it.
Apart from that name?
Victor or Victor Bio? I want to know the distinction so that I can understand.
Okay. He was called Fixo Bio.
That man, maybe he died. There was - it was one man. I used to hear - I used to hear his name. They said Foday Sankoh.
For the rebels?
Well some were there, yes.
Well, Connaught, there were no soldiers there. I don't want to tell lies. When a soldier was shot, they will take him directly to the military barracks. They had their own hospital there. That was where they were being treated.
You mean Connaught?
Well they used to take them there later, but it's a hospital where they were taking them. At that time it was Hinga Norman who was head. They were treating all of them, but there were not many there. They had their own place where they used to take ...
Well, it was Connaught. They took me to Connaught.
Well when they brought us to Lebanon they took us and brought us to a hospital in Makeni, the ECOMOG. From Makeni, one morning they took us to Freetown. They said they were unable to treat us there. There were no medicines.
When I was shot there, the soldiers took me from there to Lebanon in Kono.
It's not like that.
Yes, I was - there was a metal that was at the back and the bullet hit it and hit me.
Yes, this my head is just there. I cannot eat anything hard.
Yes. Where I was standing in the house, the bullet hit the house and caught me here downwards.
Well, I was not lying down. I was standing up and I went behind the thing.
Well, it's the house, there was a big parlour. There was a little place where things were kept.
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