Oftentimes the phrase “Peace” is used interchangeably with the time period “Absence of War”. But those are two distinct ideas that will have to no longer be at a loss for words.

The cessation of hostilities in Liberia halted in the 12 months 2003 and “peace” was once declared, however no definitive measures have since been taken to stop a repeat of every other civil insanity. While the ceasefire has been upheld via all events to the clash to this point, the ones underlying elements and reasons that resulted in the combating have no longer been addressed in any respect.

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Unlike Sierra Leone, Rwanda and different nations during which the post-conflict duration most consideration had been given to tackling the basis reasons of the violence in order to make sure deterrence; Liberia, however, has executed simply the other.

Those who orchestrated the mayhem are both elected or appointed to most sensible public positions. They are in price of dictating a so-called Justice procedure that holds no person responsible. This is not any technique to repair peace following a brutal conflict the place virtually part 1,000,000 civilians have been murdered and all of the inhabitants uprooted.

In Liberia, electorate are implicitly compelled to just accept those that have terrorized their nation and dehumanized the inhabitants as their leaders. These leaders, maximum of whom are perpetrators of heinous crimes, proceed to wastefully mellow in state sources with demonstrated vanity with out a unmarried regret for his or her previous movements. And they do so that you can the maximum detriment of their very own nation with none regard for the rule of thumb of legislation.

Actually, there may be not anything to indicate that once rebuilding Liberia every other “Taylor-copycat” would possibly not once more emerge and damage the entirety, killing tens of hundreds of blameless folks and sending many extra into exile.

It will have to be famous that the smoke-screen tranquility that recently hangs over Liberia has to do with the intense violence, abuse, and trauma visited upon the Liberian folks all over the conflict. The inhabitants in common nonetheless harbors shiny recollections of the horrors; they proceed to look those that perpetrated those terrible crimes stroll unfastened.

In reality, it’s most commonly perpetrators which are occupying upper public positions in executive. Therefore, sufferers of conflict are tacitly compelled to tolerate those types of inconveniences or even the top degree of corruption quite than chance a repeat of the dehumanization related to the 14 years carnage. But is {that a} sturdy answer for sustainable peace in Liberia? Does residing in worry imply peace in any respect?

The weapons have since been silenced since 2003, are the folks residing in peace below those excessive prerequisites? Are they relaxed?

The factor is, justice does no longer at all times imply an eye fixed for an eye fixed; additionally it is a procedure for organising duty and making sure that there exists a degree of deterrence.

Peace and reconciliation in Liberia will simplest be imaginable if we prioritize justice and duty in each stratum of Liberian society.

There can be no lasting peace in Liberia except a handful of folks which are in large part accountable for atrocities and destruction of the rustic’s infrastructure are dropped at Justice.

* The extra we forget about the extent of insanity that visited Liberia;

* The extra we forget about that numerous blameless folks have been raped; tortured, enslaved, and killed;

* The extra we illusively suppose that the passing of time will in the end diminish the severity of what happened in Liberia;

* The extra illusions we construct for a calm and reconciled Liberian country.