Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Highlights Decade of Peace in Liberia

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Highlights Decade of Peace in Liberia

From abc

Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf celebrated a decade of peace on Sunday by attending a prayer service held at the scene of one of the worst massacres recorded during the country’s 14-year civil war.

The service at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Monrovia marked the 10-year anniversary of a peace accord signed in Accra, Ghana.

Accompanied by high-ranking officials including Vice President Joseph Boakai, Sirleaf listened to a grisly retelling of the July 1990 massacre at the church carried out by fighters supporting then-President Samuel Doe. Because of their ethnicity, displaced Liberians who had gathered at the church were suspected of backing a rebel faction headed by Prince Johnson, and hundreds were killed by Doe’s fighters.

Less than two months later, Johnson would personally oversee Doe’s torture and execution.

“We became worse than wild animals. We became barbaric,” said Bishop Jensen Seyenkulo, who led the service on Sunday that moved some in the church to tears.

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