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

Right. So I will return to my line of response which was talking first of all about the phenomena of limb amputation. I took scores of interviews of victims of this atrocity, those who had suffered a completely severed extremity, usually fingers, hands or arms, to a lesser extent ears and feet.

And also I conducted research to try to understand the entirety of that problem, of that atrocity, in Sierra Leone. I obtained medical records from a number of sources to try to ascertain the numbers of individuals who suffered purposeful limb amputation and I can say that it's quite difficult coming up with a precise number, primarily because the number of those who have lost a limb as a consequence of a purposeful amputation with a knife or an axe are not disaggregated in the statistics between those or from, rather, those who have lost a limb as a consequence of a gunshot wound, of a laceration associated with a rocket propelled grenade or indeed from a laceration associated with a helicopter gun ship attack.

Also, as I've noted before, a good number of victims died from their injuries or from tetanus if they weren't able to get a tetanus shot quickly enough. But I would say, and it has been noted by others who have done this type of research, organisations helping handicapped and so on, that the number is around 1,000 victims who suffered this atrocity. It could be more, it could be less. Anyway, it's an horrific atrocity that has left these individuals obviously scarred for the rest of their life and that affected men, women and children.

With respect to the other violation that is addressed in this clip, that is an issue which has received less attention and which our report "We'll Kill You If You Cry" tried to assist in elevating the profile and that is sexual abuse committed during the context of Sierra Leone's armed conflict which was more of a silent crime because of the nature of the crime but affected thousands and thousands of Sierra Leonean girls and women of all ages and was marked by similar brutality.

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