The more than 14 years of civil unrest in Liberia is long gone, but the scars are still visible. And foreign partners are mounting increased pressure on the George M. Weah led Coalition for Democratic Change government to ensure those greatly responsible for the carnage go not with impunity.
A US-based Women’s right advocate Mercy Sackie is calling on the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government to ensure that victims and perpetrators of the Liberian civil war are made to face each other in a war crime court.
Global Research and Justice Project, Coalition for Justice in Liberia, Fubbi Foundation for Development and Sustainability, Inc and Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia, are among a total of 76 groups pushing for the establishment of the court in Liberia.
Narrating her rather awful ordeal, Mrs. Sackie recounted how she escaped a ‘Sande’ initiation and later landed in the hands of armed men believed to be members of the defunct Independent National Patriotic front of Liberia (INPFL).
She explained “I am just one person. But there are several of us (victims) out there looking forward to a day when we can meet with those who meted evil against us in a court of law”.
“Aside from being an advocate, I am a member of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and so I call on my government to all it can to work along with international groups to make this thing work”, she said.
She said “I was made to suffer at the hands of rebels during our senseless war. I was abuse. And we (victims) can only get justice when there is court to bring perpetrators to book.
She alleges “as the economic pinch intensifies, I then engage into business travelling between rebel territories in a bid to secure food. While on one of my daily beats, I was arrested and detained by men believed to be soldiers of Prince Johnson rebel leader of the independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia INPFL.
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