Friday, November 5, 2010

LIVING AMONG THE DEAD - Mass Graves On Duport Road; Residents Want Memorial

The Water Side district located on Duport Road Paynesville was a major mass grave site during the war. Nowadays, residents appear to have put the past behind. But each day another skull is dug up, it becomes more and more pressing, according to residents for government or the international community to build a monument or memorial here remember those who lost their lives.

By Rodney D. Sieh

Source: Front Page Africa

Duport Road, Paynesville -

Clarence Neyor can still remember the horrors. He is reminded each and every day another skull is dug up from the earth. The District Number 6 Duport Road Waterside resident says skulls find is a daily routine for residents in the area.

On a recent weekday, a visitor to the area was in awe as residents gathered around to watch as Chinese engineers grounded pipes to begin the restoration process for pipe-borne running water in the district. Midway in the process, residents were caught in their tracks as skulls from the civil war were dug up from the earth. In the small community at the end of Duport Road, residents here live among the dead, beneath the ground were several makeshift homes are now built are hundreds of bodies. The district was a major mass grave site during the war. Nowadays, residents appear to have put the past behind. But each day another skull is dug up, it becomes more and more pressing, according to residents for government or the international community to build a monument or memorial here remember those who lost their lives. It was the site where one of the first international tragedy occurred, the killing of a relief worker of the United Nations Chidren’s Fund. “His bones are under here somewhere”, says a resident point toward the ground as a stunned bystander looks on.

Neyor, the spokesman for the district says the memories are still fresh: “If you can remember and recall during the 1990 war this place here, the ending point of Duport Road, Water Side was where they had the mass graves”.

Mayepleh Jeffery, who chairs the district says it is important for the government to come to the aid of the community. “We are appealing to the authorities to come here and build a memorial for the people”, she says.

For Neyor, the site where thousands of thousands of human beings were buried is crying for help as the ghosts of war lingers.

According to Neyor, the mass graves redux came to light in recent weeks when as construction workers began working to repair the water system. “The constructors came and is in the process of giving this community here water. Through that they started digging this place here they began to find skulls. So this whole circle you see is a mass grave where people were buried”, says Neyor pointing to another skull. “So we are appealing to our national leaders and those in authority to come and build a memorial just as it is done in Cambodia and other countries.” The people of District Number 6 has spoken, Will the government or some Non-governmental Organization take note?

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