The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia.
For instance, the work of weeding grass it was not every day. Sometimes when we weeded grass we would leave it first three months. After three months we will go and weed the grass. For instance, the other example is farming. That farming we had to go there every day ...
We are not living well. We are not living well because we had no food to eat. So many people died among us. So many people died of starvation among us in Talia. There was no food. When we were doing that work, when we used to do that work ...
We used to work. We used to work. When they said, "This is what you should do", we had to do it. If they say, "You should weed grass from Kailahun", we had to do it forcefully. You wouldn't deny doing it. You have to.
It is something that makes someone unhappy. My sibling was killed with a gun. They made an allegation against my sibling and they killed him, or her. That cannot make somebody happy. I am not happy.
At that time I was not happy. Now I am saying it here you are saying I am speaking very fast, but I am speaking now and my heart is palpitating. I was never happy and I will never be happy.
He was not a Kamajor. In fact, he was an old man. He was not a Kamajor.
He was not a Kamajor at all. He was an ordinary civilian. He was not a Kamajor at all.
Yes, they shot them.
Yes, he was my own head. Whenever I came, I will go and visit him.
They had the power then. They were the only ones who would say, "Kill that person", and they will kill that person. They were the ones who gave that order. When I came that was what Chief Sellu told me. They were in Kailahun, they left Buedu and came to ...
Those two people they did not say that that person should die but, when they gave the guns to these people and they asked them to kill them, they killed all of them.
I was not in town at that time, but it was Mosquito who gave the order together with Issa that they should kill all of them.
When they said they should come and they did not come, they said they were Kamajors as they were - when they were coming they did not bring any cutlasses, except their bodyguards who had guns, but they killed them alleging that they were Kamajors. They said when they were in ...
I said - I think I have explained everything yesterday. I said there were more than 50.
Mosquito and others were in Buedu. It was in-between that time. I said it was after the overthrow of Mr Kabbah they came to Freetown and they returned. This period of time I am talking about, it was that time when they declared ceasefire. It was during that time. Maybe ...
That day when they said nobody should shoot anybody, it was in that year. It was in that year that that was done to them.
He is a male.
My sibling. That Yeana Jusu is my sibling. He or she was in Daru during the war. When they said that disarmament has commenced, those are people who were in Daru and they told them to return to their original places. Yeana Jusu came with a group that were many ...
Yes, the name is Yeana Jusu.
Those whom I spoke to, yes, that is it, yes, those I spoke to, but there were more than that.
They were not coming together, but those who will come singularly sometimes they were up to 20.
They brought them. There were many. I can't tell you a number, but sometimes in the morning we will be sitting down and four people would come and they will cry wanting food. To say that they will bring people and I could count, I could do a head ...
I said those rebels with whom they came. The rebels with whom they came. Some of them were for Issa Sesay and others were for Mosquito. Their commanders - some of their commanders were there. Those whom they released who couldn't get food to eat are the ones I am ...
They said they had turned them into their wives. They have put them into their homes forcefully. That is what they told us. When - there was a point when they selected some.
I can't say that this person was born in this year, but when you look at somebody there are some who are short but they are old enough. There are others who are tall and they are young, so I can't tell.
Those are the people I spoke about. I said Mosquito and Issa Sesay. Their group, when they were dislodged from Freetown, when they were coming they brought a large crowd and that crowd some set hold in Kailahun and others went to Buedu. Those who were in Kailahun are the ...
They said they had taken them from where they were forcefully and brought them, that was what they were telling us, and now they have come they had no food to eat and when they came they found that we were leading the civilians. That is why they said we ...
When they went with those people, some of them were in Kailahun and the others were in the other villages and those - then when they were in Kailahun together we had difficulties to get food. Food was hard to come by. They asked us to show them where they will ...
When they got to Kailahun, they met us with --
Adult women and young girls who were all in vehicles when they went.
They came from Kenema. The Kenema end.
They had women amongst them and men amongst them. Civilians.
While we were there the soldiers told us that Kabbah had been overthrown. After Kabbah had been overthrown, they asked that the rebels go to them so that they can combine to form one government. After some time we heard that Kabbah had been reinstated and during that time we ...
What you have asked me, let's forget about that first. Even when you are writing, you cannot jump over one line. You will have to write serially from one line to the next, not jumping over the other lines. Let me go back to what we discussed yesterday.
I knew from the job that I used to do myself. If they told me to do it, I just had to do it. I don't know about mining for diamonds, but I went there and I saw it.
You would not even think about that, saying you are not going to do the mining. If you said that, you would be beaten seriously. You would not even think about that.
Yes, I said that.
They were capturing them forcefully. If you are a civilian and they told you to do something, you had to do it.
Yes, I named three places. I did not - I heard you say "Kailahun". They were not mining there for diamonds in Kailahun. Yandohun, Giema and between Monfidor and Sahbahun also.
I can't recall the name. I can't recall the name.
I explained it here yesterday. That group of theirs that was based in Kailahoun, at that time I was not in Kailahun. They would come together and whatever town they would go they will say, "You'll be going to do the fishing". What I experienced is that what I ...
What I said let me clarify that for you. If you did not write it well, let me clarify it for you. Hawa Jusu, when the rebels who come from Kailahun her leadership was just temporary. She was not a leader permanently. She would just be appointed as a leader ...
The way they call the riverside they call it Go-as-say [phon]. That is the way they refer to it. It is a name from a village along the Guinea border. It is not from the Sierra Leone end and so that word is from a language from the Guinea end ...
From the riverside to Kailahun through Monfidor it is seven miles. There is another riverside. That is called Go-at-eh [phon]. That one is six miles. There is another one that is four miles. There are three riversides that they used to transact business that I know of.
From Talia to Kailahun is seven miles, nine miles, from Talia to Kailahun Town. If you go through Bunumbu, it is nine miles to Kailahun.
It can be up to 10 miles.
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