Fighting in Southeastern Liberia

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

April 4, 2003

According to reports reaching The Perspective, the fighting in Southeast Liberia is getting serious. Several logging trucks from Sinoe and the Bassa areas have been coming to Monrovia lately. On Wednesday, a convoy of trucks was seen in Sinkor heading towards the Port area. People are said to be fleeing from Sinoe to Buchanan, whereas some residents of Buchanan are coming to Monrovia just in case. Internally displaced people in the Grand Gedeh area have been cut off from aid as Medecins sans Frontieres recently stated: "Following violent combat in Liberia, some tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are now cut off from desperately needed aid and assistance." The Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) says it is not involved in the fighting in Southeastern Liberia. A new rebel group known as the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) claims responsibility.

In another development, Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine is said to have received his passport yesterday, but not without comments from Taylor surrogates. The director of the passport wrote all sorts of things - she called Brumskine a criminal. David Kortie, a chairman of Alhaji Kromah’s party (ALCOP) who has now become Taylor’s groupie also referred to Cllr. Brumskine as a criminal.