The Liberian President (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) is widely admired and celebrated abroad on claims that she has championed the advocacy of “women rights” in Liberia, a claim that is challenged throughout her administration as President.
One main obstacle that discredits Madam Sirleaf’s women right advocacy claim, is her past link to a violent rebel movement that slaughtered innocent women and children (Charles Taylor’s NPFL) in Liberia.
Madam Sirleaf’s association with former rebel leader and President of Liberia (Charles Taylor) has been no doubt. Charles Taylor was recently on trial at The Hague for war crimes, and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone. Mr. Taylor is currently sentenced to jail in Europe.
According to Mr. Taylor, as well as countless Liberians, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was once the International Coordinator for the rebel group (National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL). Mr. Taylor said, Madam Sirleaf raised money for the NPFL to oust former President Samuel Doe from power. The NPFL fearlessly perpetrated horrific atrocities and staged violent spectacles, such that the aftershocks are still felt in Liberia today.
Sirleaf has admitted in her memoirs and testimony to Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission that she supported Taylor through the 1980s but claimed not to have known his true intentions. She said that she had been “fooled” by him.
To us, Madam Sirleaf was not a child when she supported the NPFL. She knew that the NPFL was not an humanitarian organization, when she lobbied for funds on its behalf.
Even though Madam Sirleaf said she did break her ties with Taylor in the 80s, evidence suggests contrary to her statemen because in fact she played a more active role in the 90s with the NPFL rebels than she has so far admitted to. And this is why:
How could Madam Sirleaf make such a claim when in June 1990, instead of only testifying at a U.S. congressional hearing on “US Policy and the Crisis in Liberia” as was expected, she actually advocated for the NPFL during the occasion?
Madam Sirleaf stated in her advocatory testimony that Charles Taylor NPFL revolt symbolizes a civil war, which encompasses regions of the country where more than two thirds of the Liberian people live, and the greatest resources are located. See below her exact words to the US Congress:
” These people, many of them children, have joined this struggle for freedom, with little more than courage and hope for the future. It is within this context that the uprising represents an opportunity for creative transformation of the Liberian political landscape”.
Madam Sirleaf knowing full well that the NPFL was involved with the forced enlistment of Child soldiers to oust the Samuel Doe administration, willfully advocated for, as well as contributed thousands of United States dollars to the cause of the NPFL up until June of 1990.
Madam Sirleaf now leads an administration plagued by corruption, human rights abuse as well as unwarranted arrests, and political torture of perceived enemies. Nepotism has also flourished while Madam Sirleaf sits at the zenith of leadership in Liberia.
Operation We Care for Liberia needs help from the US government in order to prevent the Liberian President from travelling to the US.
We want the good people of the United States to know that monies if any, that were donated to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s cause from 1985 to 1991, were used to purchase firearms that killed innocent women and children in Liberia.
We want the American public to know that madam Ellen Jonson-Sirleaf is not who she says she is, rather she is a person who has aided and abated Charles Taylor’s NPFL killings of women and children in Liberia.
“The United States has always been a place of refuge and freedom from oppression for millions. We must ensure that those who come here seeking freedom and the rule of law do not have to fear that their persecutor may become their neighbor.” – US Immigration Judge John Reid’s
We ask the United States government not to allow Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf entrance into the United States because her presence in the United States would be a violation of the United States “Child Soldiers Accountability Act of 2008”.
Bernard Gbayee Goah
President Operation We Care for Liberia