Today Is April 6 A Day To Remember In Liberia And To Never Ever Support Any Tribal Or Religious Nonsense War Again In Liberia.
April 6, 1996, is a date many Liberians around the world will never forget, as the country’s civil war took its deadliest turn. On this day, former president, Charles Taylor’s NPFL forces brought the nation’s capital, Monrovia up into flames, leaving hundreds of thousands of people fleeing for their lives.
The deadly carnage, much of the Liberian civil war, broke out April 6 when Taylor moved in to arrest rebel leader and one-time government minister Roosevelt Johnson — no relation to Prince Johnson — on charges of murder. The charges stemmed from the murder by rebels of 50 civilians at a refugee camp in January.
Fighting erupted between ethnic Krahn fighters loyal to Johnson and those loyal to Taylor and another faction leader, Alhaji Kromah, who also is on the council. Johnson and members of his breakaway faction of the United Liberation Movement holed up in barracks in downtown Monrovia.
Some West African peacekeepers, mostly Nigerians who are supposed to be trying to unite the various factions, joined in the extensive looting. Amid the chaos, the United States airlifted more than 2,000 people, including 400 Americans, to neighboring Sierra Leone.
The Monrovia barracks, the training ground for Doe’s former national army, the Armed Forces of Liberia, is now the symbol of resistance for the Krahn tribe.
About 200,000 people have been killed in the civil war and at least half of the country’s 2.8 million residents have been left homeless.
The fighting has destroyed much of Liberia’s economy, as roads and other infrastructures in and around Monrovia have been badly damaged. Businessmen have fled the country, taking capital and expertise with them.
Political instability threatens prospects for economic reconstruction and the repatriation of about 750,000 Liberian refugees who have fled to other countries.
Liberia once had West Africa’s most developed economy. It is richly endowed with water, mineral resources, forests, and a climate favorable to agriculture. Local manufacturing, mostly owned by non-Liberians, is limited.
April 6, 1996, a day in History.
The Iconic April 6 was the time Liberians amplified the complete destructions of their country throughout the 20th century. We killed hundreds of people, we slathered women and children, burst, opened pregnant women and removed their fetus, we raped, sexually abused, harassed, and tortured our girls, sisters, and mothers, forced our boys’ children into child soldiers, drug abuse them, we cooked and ate our fellow Liberians as meat and million other Liberians fled the Country.
What more we did, we destroyed the infrastructures of our beloved country roads, bridges, public buildings, burned villages, and Towns, destroyed our power plant, among others.
What happened to our Economy?
The CBL was vandalized, monies were stolen, all commercial Banks shut down and businesses crumbled, investors left and our Macroeconomy was flushed in the toilet.
After all of those calamities, experts claimed they were the results of injustices in the country, widespread corruption, classisms, the Congue vs Country people, elite vs political revolutionaries, we vs them, they vs Us, tribal and religious problems, etc.
But the one billion dollar question is, Are we not still experiencing those same missed steps today?
Examples: Today is CDC vs CPP, hate between the ruling class and opposition, Opposition fighting the ruling class for power, mass sufferings, innocent killings, economic uncertainties, inflation, and many more.
- Can we still make a turnaround?
- Do we love our country?
- Is April 6 a fun day or day to reflect?
- Are we still stupid to kill each other?