Source: (2008) New York Amsterdam News. 01/24-01/30, 2008. 99(5): 2.

Jan. 22 (GIN)—"Ghastly, horrible testimonies" was how one newspaper described the public hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission now underway in Monrovia, Liberia. Confessions of killing, torturing and burning have been emerging in great detail from victims and perpetrators of the country's 14-year civil war, along with indictments of former government officials said to have masterminded some of the horrific events. On the eighth day of TRC hearings, witnesses described the socalled Duport Road Massacre of 1992, a heinous bloodletting drama during which nearly 30 Liberians were butchered in cold blood. James Makor of Liberia's nongovernmental organization Save My Future says the public statements still contain surprises. "One musician around here, I had never knew that he was a general, but during the public hearing, we got to know that he was a general," said Makor. "So in that case now, most of his songs he had always won public sympathy that he was victimized, instead people now know that he was one of the guys that had a lot of power to himself" Makor was referring to Michael David, known as Sundaygar Dearboy. Witnesses have accused David of rapes and beatings. One of Liberia's most popular stars, he sang the campaign song for Liberia's president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, when she ran for office in 2005. Makor says it is good for Liberians to know the truth about what happened. "It is necessary that we get to know some of the people, what they did. For us to have the past information, so we can know how to interact with them," added Makor. Out of 88 cases, the commission has heard only 16. According to the timetable set by the TRC, it has about roughly 11 more days to hear the balance of 72 cases before going to other counties. (Excerpt from Author)