The United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone has opened proceedings against former Liberian President Charles Taylor - but Taylor refused to attend. This is the first such trial of a former African leader; Taylor is charged in connection with his alleged support of a violent civil war in Liberia's neighbor, Sierra Leone. If you watched the film "Blood Diamond," you have a little Hollywood-styled context for the war in question.
In 1989, Taylor started the 8 year long civil war in Liberia as a rebel warlord. He eventually rose to power in Liberia and became President in 1997. In 1991, he helped start another civil war in Sierra Leone through his support of like-minded rebels there who would ostensibly support his Liberian agenda.
The charges against Taylor:
- Acts of terrorism (War Crime)
- Murder (Crime Against Humanity)
- Violence to life, in particular murder (WC)
- Rape (CAH)
- Sexual slavery and violence (CAH)
- Outrages upon personal dignity (WC)
- Violence to life, in particular cruel treatment (WC)
- Other inhumane acts (CAH)
- Use of child soldiers (Violation of International Humanitarian Law)
- Enslavement (CAH)
- Pillage (WC)
Pray that peace will continue to grow in Liberia and Sierra Leone and that God's Kingdom will break through and prosper despite the actions of those who would fight against God's reign.