War Crimes Court: A Must for Liberia -Victim Reasons


The defeat of U.S. Congressman Dan Donovan, a major advocate for war crimes court in Liberia in the November 6 mid-term elections may have brought relief to some perpetrators of Liberian civil war and abuse-believing that they will go with impunity.

But Mercy Bono Sackie, one of the thousands of Liberians who bore the brunt of the mayhem said they will not rest until all culprits are brought to book.

Sackie, a current resident of the USA said the loss of Congressman Donovan to Democratic Party challenger Max Rose can in no way stop ongoing advocacies to ensure that victims get justice because despite the loss of Congressman Donovan, the bill he introduced, H.Res.1055, actually has eight co-sponsors namely:

*Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-8]
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30]
Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]
Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]
Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4]
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2

As a former student leader and campaigner for women’s right at the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, she said the war crimes court issue is a must and no one is able to stop it.

She explained, “I had an awful experience during our civil war and I can never stop my advocacy for war crimes court no matter what anyone thinks they can do to scare me”.

She explained “as the war in Liberia strengthened, and economic pinch intensified, I accompany my uncle Galamai Akoi and engaged into the business traveling between rebel territories in a bid to secure food for us. While on one of our daily beats, I was arrested and detained by men believed to be soldiers of Prince Johnson, the rebel leader of the independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia INPFL.

She added “on the morning of December 24, 2013, a day following a peaceful demonstration on the grounds of the Capitol building demanding the arrest and prosecution of Senator Johnson and other war criminals in the country, my home was attacked and ransacked.

She indicated “my departure from Liberia steamed from the lack of protection for war victims by the then government headed by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the numerous attacks on my life. In 2014, I was harassed, beaten and threatened by strange men believe to be loyal to Prince Johnson and so I had to migrate to the US with my family to seek refuge”.

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