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

Well, naturally speaking, when the war started in Freetown or in Sierra Leone as a whole my experience is like I was a small boy. Firstly, I was a small boy. We used to hear of the war here and there. In the provinces people are suffering, people are dead, you know, and eventually that affected our psychology, I can say, right, thinking that something is happening within your locality and people are dying, right? That is the first thing that affected me, right? And again, when the war reached Kono, I was affected by the war because my father was doing a lot of businesses in Kono. My father had a mining company, not even the small, small type of mining activity. He had a very big mining company. He was using plants, washing plants, you know those people who know what mining is. The small, small group they will use something like they call it shaker, right? Small thing shaker, to wash the gravels to get the diamonds, but if somebody is using a washing plant he must have become a rich man, right? For you to buy washing plant you must have become a rich man, so my father was actually doing a big-time mining business. He had money, right. And then he was also doing timber work, right. So, when that happened my father - I mean lost everything and then it reflected on us. By that I mean the Bull family, because by then no better - I mean food to eat and we were going to school, no better lunch, nothing. You know, everything became degraded.

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