The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

And then from there they moved and whilst they were moving out of the gate they arrested five soldiers and threw them into the pick-up. Amongst those, none survived. They left and went. And thinking that we, the AFL who were at the barracks, we were now free, because the man who had invaded the country had been killed, and thinking that the trouble was now over, normalcy would return for all of us, and we did not know that it was going to be worse than before and that was going to lead people to go into exile.

And from there even those who were loyal to Samuel Kanyon Doe - even those who were loyal to Samuel Kanyon Doe in the army, by then the entire Nimba citizenry was declared enemies and even some of those who were renting - letting people's houses in town, they started pushing them out of their houses because they said they did not want them to be killed and they said if you - they were telling them, "If you are from Nimba you should go back to your country, because we did not want our children to be killed."

Even some of the women who were cooking rice and selling for their survival and who were from Nimba, all of them were declared enemies so they were being pushed out of houses. It was not easy for the Nimbadians. Everybody knew that in Liberia. And especially for those of us who were in the army, it was not easy. Only the strongest survived.

So because I went to school in Careysburg from '79 to '59 before I joined the army, so my family was at Careysburg and it was about a 12 kilometres distance off Monrovia and my wife too was from there. When I escaped it was at Careysburg that I went to and when I went to Careysburg I was in hiding. And after most of the tension, it was from there that Samuel Kanyon Doe introduced complete tribalism in the army. If you were not Krahn, you will not be admitted in fact into the army. And even the Gio tribes were reduced in the army. And when I went to the barracks they said there was a double pay and per diem for all soldiers in the barracks and they said all soldiers should report to their commanders for their salaries.

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