Ma Weedor Akoi: My name is Weedor Akoi, and I am 42 years of age. I am now living in Voinjama City. I am working with the W.F.P., World Food Program, as a sweeper. Actually, before the war, there was great suffering for me and my children because at that time we were depending on the farming activites. I experienced the 1990 war where many of our brothers and sisters were killed by the fighting groups. Because of this, my family and I went into the bush where we spent a lot of time. We lived in the bush until we were able to enter into Guinea. Living in Guinea was also better in one way because we lived off the grain and ground, but in the other way it was a struggle for almost two years and eight months when we made a very large Cassava Farm for eating and selling to sustain our life.
There is no more war in our country Liberia and my family and I came back.
Again in 2002 another war broke out at home where we had to again go back into the bush, where there was no food and no source for water. After a few months the Lord Rebels came into the bush and met us and said we have to go to Kolahum where there was a series of attacks by the Government soldiers, which is Charles Taylor Rebels. The experience I had during that time was that many killings went on, where life and property were destroyed by Taylor Rebels. And now I am living in a community called Lookintown where I associate myself with many people and people who love me and my children.
When I was growing up, my life dream was to help my parents and my family. My life today is that I tell God, thank you for saving my life and my children, but there is still a little suffering we are facing.
Written by Mohammed Kamara