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Day Six of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia Public Hearings

Tommy Lee Kiadii, a perpetrator, narrated terrible accounts of atrocities he committed during the Liberian civil war, begging his victims for forgiveness.

MONROVIA (TRC)?Perpetrators Ask For Forgiveness

At the sixth hearing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia, a perpetrator, Tommy Lee Kiadii, narrated terrible accounts of atrocities he committed during the Liberian civil war, begging his victims for forgiveness.

Kiadii, 36, testifying before the TRC on Wednesday, pleaded with his family for mercy because according to him he killed his grandmother and his father.

Mr. Kiadii said while fighting for the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) from 1990 to 1994, he was initiated in African charms and became powerful to the point that he could not recognize his family members, leading him to execute his grandmother and father and burn down their houses. He said he also burned a mosque in Grand Cape Mount County.

According to Kiadii, because of the atrocities he committed, there has been no peace between him and his family.

He said that he wasrecruited by the late Christian "Putu" Major, then battle field commander of the defunct NPFL in Bong Mines, trained and sent to the battlefront in Grand Cape Mount, where he committed most of the atrocities.

He said a talisman was given to him in early 1990, and following a dream he had one night, he was told to make a sacrifice of any member of his family. Kiadii said he then sacrificed his grandmother and father, lamenting, "I am regretting today for such actions."

The second witness, Ahmed A. Trawally, said his mother was stabbed in the back and her breasts were cutoff by ULIMO-J fighters who held their entire household at gunpoint in Suacoco, Bong County.

He said this happened when Gbarnga, then a stronghold of the NPFL fell to coalition forces made-up of the Liberia Peace Council, ULIMO-K, Lofa Defense Force and ULIMO-J. Trawally recalled that the attackers painted their faces black.

Trawally,23, who appealed to the Truth Commission for assistance to return to school, said he didn't know the whereabouts of his two sisters, Fanta and Mamu Trawally, since 1994. And he has not seen his only brother, who is now residing in the United States.

Peter Gayeson, a Ghanaian who has been residing in Liberia since 1976, recounted the many atrocities committed by the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL), both in Monrovia and Grand Cape Mount County.

He said that he and others were ordered to bury the dead, most of them already in an advanced decomposed state. He said the death of so many people was the result of various battles for the control of territories between the NPFL and INPFL or ECOMOG troops.

Gayeson, 55, said scores of Ghanaians including his brother, Ansumana Ansah, were among some of the several foreigners massacred during the rebellion in 1990.

The day's last witness, Boakai Massalley, narrated the "painful execution of his father and others" in his presence on a football field in Tewor District, Grand Cape Mount County by forces of the defunct ULIMO-K of Alhaji G.V. Kromah.

Boakai identified the man who executed his father and others only as "Senegalese," whom Boakai claims is presently roaming the streets of Monrovia.

He said they were executed because "Senegalese" said he wanted to eat human hearts, which prompted his men to gather the entire town residents.,line them up on the field and cut their throats one by one.

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