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Those whom Mosquito had told to come back from Daru, about 69 of them, they had been taken to the bush to do some brushing for them. Because they did not know what Mosquito was coming to do; they thought he was coming to - with good news for us. So if it was good news, then there was no need to be afraid of - asking the people to go anywhere.

But when they came - when Mosquito came that day from the police station to where he stayed and passed his instructions is about 100 yards. When he came that day, he sent a message to the prison to take that SLA soldier they call Kaioko and about nine others, ten. He said he wanted to see them. We were there in the cells. So when they left, about five to ten minutes, we heard gunshots. It was not sporadic. It was intensive gunshots, because, according to what we heard later on, he had actually placed his commandos in a straight line on one side so that as soon as the people come, he would do what he wanted to do with them.

They said when the ten people were paraded to him, he shot the first one that was in front of him. That was the soldier. Then he gave instruction to his boys to fire the rest, to shoot the rest. So the rest were shot down; all of them. Then he said, "Go bring them now in fives." So the boys came - his boys, his commandos came now for the other people in fives. They came for the other people in fives. In fact, some people were forced to kill their own fathers. He forced some people to kill their own fathers there.

I remember one particular young man, one Mr Morrison, he was told to kill his father from Kenewah in Kailahun. Kenewah, K-E-N-E-W-A-H. So they did that until they finished killing all the young people, because they did not put all of them in the one cell. The older ones were put in a separate cell.

When they finished killing the younger ones, then they said, "What about this other one, the old people?" They said, "Let us go take instruction from the high command, from Mosquito." They used to call him general. When they got there he said, "Let everybody go." That was the instruction he gave.

So the young men came back and said - they said, "Let everybody go." When we heard, "Let everybody go," we thought we were also included until somebody came - one lady they call Lady Sewah [phon], she is a nurse now in Kailahun - she came and told us, "No, for you, strong instructions are that nothing should happen with you people. So for you, you a free. Nobody is going to kill you."

But it is very unrealistic to think that I will see 68 people die in my presence, then you say I should be comfortable with that. So when the message came that all the old people too should die, there was an uproar of crying among them in the room there. In fact, Dr Barrie he fainted. Dr Barrie fainted. For 20 minutes he could not talk. During that message, all of us heard the way the people were crying, the way they were telling us we are gone. These are our last moment.

So for them, they were not shot. Whenever they came, when they opened the door, they take - if you were standing at the door, they just take you out and cut you into pieces. That was what they did. They scattered them all over the place on 28 March 1999. That was on the Friday, I think. Friday or so. I'm not too sure, but it was on the 28th. At least one survived miraculously, because there were 69 people involved. One survived.

The way he survived is a miracle and it is something he will ever live to tell. When they were coming, when they approached the town, at the edge of the town, there was a checkpoint. The commander who was at the checkpoint there told him to stay and - told him to sit there by him, because he too did not know that Mosquito had come to organise that killing. So he just say, "You come and sit down here by me. Come and help me." That was how that man was not killed. I don't remember his name, but they say, "But at least one person survived."

So the next day, 29 March 1999 - sorry, 1997 we were taken back to Buedu.

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