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Gov't embarks on Memorial Project for war victims

Richmond Paye/Joseph T. Koon
One of the examples of war memorial of
One of the examples of war memorial of

( 11, 2015)-The Government of Liberia has broken grounds for the construction of a monument in memory of victims of the Cow Field Massacre in the Du- Road Community in Paynesville.

The project is part of Government’s effort towards the implementation of recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report.

The Cow Field Massacre was perpetrated by forces of warring parties to the 14-year Liberian Civil War in which thousands of innocent Liberians were killed.

Speaking at the ceremony recently, the Chairman of the Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC), Gladys Johnson, called on Liberians to denounce violence.

Cllr. Johnson, a renowned human rights lawyer, also wants Liberians pursue the path of transformation to sustain the peace and security of the country.

She said: “Every sector of Liberia had experienced total devastation during the civil conflict.”

“Liberians must never allow the bitter experiences of the Civil War to disrupt the peace and security they now enjoy,” the INHRC Chairman stressed.

Cllr. Johnson said: “Government and partners will continue memorializing the victims of all massacres across the country.”

On December 24, 1989, forces of the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), led by Major Charles Ghankay Taylor, launched an attack on the Government of President Samuel Kanyon Doe.

The civil conflict intensified in the 1990s and triggered mass displacement of Liberians abroad, including neighboring countries,to seek refuge.

In less than a year, forces of the defunct NPFL, entered the Liberian Capital, Monrovia, and besieged the entire city.

Following months of military bombardments between Government forces and the insurgents, President Doe was captured on September 9 and assassinated on September 10, 1990 by forces of the defunct Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) of Prince Y. Johnson in Monrovia.

Besides the Main Rebel Group, the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), other warring factions were also created principally on tribal lines.

They included the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) of Price Y. Johnson and the Liberia Peace Council (LPC) of George Boley.

Others included the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) of Thomas Yaya Nimely and Lofa Defense Force (LDF) of Francios Massaquoi, among others.


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