Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Charles Taylor faces verdict from brutal African war

A court in the Netherlands is set to deliver a verdict Thursday in a case involving a former head of state charged with international war crimes.

Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, is on trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, Netherlands. He is charged with 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity — including murder, rape, sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers — in neighboring Sierra Leone.

Tens of thousands died during Sierra Leone's vicious civil war, one that was infamous for the brutal hacking off of limbs.
Today, survivors of these atrocities make up the members of a soccer team in Makeni, a city in central Sierra Leone.  To listen to Tamasin Ford's radio report on All Things Considered, please go to the NPR wesbite.

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