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

We met other civilians there. They were many, because that was where most of the people - most of the civilians - went and assembled. So we got there and whilst we were resting we saw that Captain Bai Bureh was patrolling around the area there and he used to go there frequently and at any time they went there they used to go there to get some palm wine to drink, but the reason why I, my wife and my children decided to move from there also, and together with other civilians, because there was a day - but even before that happened I and Lieutenant Jalloh had a quarrel because of my sister. So, on one particular day my wife was cooking when my younger sister went to the hand force pump because an NGO had constructed that hand force pump there for the community, so my younger sister went there to fetch water and after fetching the water, on her way coming, Captain Bai Bureh saw her, but even before that happened they had come the previous day in five open Land Rovers - five vehicles - and they had girls, some girls, in there, about ten of them, young girls, but the youngest amongst them was crying, but they were actually not captured in Wendedu. And it was after then that Captain Bai Bureh captured my sister. I went to meet him to plead with him so that he could release my sister, and it was then that he threatened me with some words saying "Which one do you choose; your life or your sister?", so I had no option. I did not say anything. I did not say a word, but I turned around and moved back to where I came from. It was then that we left that village together with some other civilians and travelled to a place called Kondewakoro.

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