Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Former Warlord, - George E, S. Boley Undergoing Counseling Following Deportation from the US

Source: Front Page Africa

George E, S. Boley
Former Warlord,  - George E, S. Boley, former leader of the defunct rebel faction the Liberia Peace Council (LPC) is undergoing counseling following his deportation from the United States of America (USA).

Sources informed FrontPage Africa Tuesday that the former head of the LPC is undergoing counseling at the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).

"Boley is at present screened and counseled  to over come his frustration like any other deportees, he will be screened and counseled daily until we feel satisfied to tell him to go," said a source at BIN.

Unlike other deportees from the United States whose presence at the Bureau is open to the press, George Boley's present activities at the BIN have been kept under wraps.

This was seen last Friday at the Immigration Bureau upon the arrival of the deported rebel leader, when a scuffle broke up between the brother of Boley, Dweh Boley, and that of a FrontPage reporter Wade Williams  while Williams was trying to photograph George Boley.

The digital camera belonging to the FrontPage reporter was seized in the process by the deportee's brother Dweh Boley and pictures already taken by the journalist were deleted while Immigration officers who were presence could not protect the journalist from the attack during the time of the scuffle.

Madam Weade Kobbah Wleh, a Grievance Committee Chairman of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), who was also on the scene, made no solid effort to calm the situation because of her claim of being a friend to the deportee. The camera was returned at a later time by her instruction with all of the photos deleted.

George Boley was the key organizer and head of the rebel movement, the Liberia Peace Council (LPC) that operated largely in the southeast of the country. Fighting between Taylor, Boley and other warring factions which extended as far from the Southeast to other parts of the country left many Liberians killed and properties destroyed.

Former rebel leader Boley left the country for the United States where in the 1990s.  His recent deportation to Liberia March 30,2012 followed a trial in an immigration court that found him guilty for allegedly recruiting child soldiers during the country's civil conflict.

Reports claimed that while in the United States the former rebel leader was investigated for over six years by agents with the Buffalo Office of US Immigration and Custom Enforcement. George Boley was deported using the 2008 Child Soldier's Accountability Act, the recruitment and use of child soldiers is grounds for the denial of entry of deportation from the United States.

George Boley is the second Liberian to be tried in the US for their alleged role in the civil war in the country. Chuckie Taylor, son of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor, was sentenced to 97 years in prison under the 2009 Anti-Torture Act.

Chuckie Taylor, an American citizen, was sentenced after tried and found guilty for human rights abuses while serving as head of the elite force of his father styled the Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU).

The Ministry of Justice has not commented on where Boley will be a free man in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report that have already indicted him and other warlords of committing atrocities in the country's decade long civil uprising.

Warlords, including former LPC leader, George Boley, Prince Johnson,  Sekou Dameteh Conneh, Professor Ahlahiji Kromah, Charles Taylor among others have all been placed on the TRC's list as those who  bear the greatest responsibilities in the country's civil unrest which lasted for 15 years and killed roughly 250,000 people.

Boley served as former Minister of Education in the 1980 military junta led by the slain Master/Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe. He also formed the Liberia Peace Council (LPC) to battle against the rebels of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), headed by Charles Taylor.

The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia, West Africa. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. -Bernard Gbayee Goah 
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Drawing the line in Liberia

Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
When evil and corrupt men try to champion a cause that is so noble … such cause, how noble it may be, becomes meaningless in the eyes of the people - Bernard Gbayee Goah.

If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

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What do I think should be done?

The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
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Liberia needs a proper system
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Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah


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