By Colin M. Waugh
Campaigner, rebel, fugitive, insurgent commander, commodity kingpin, elected president, exile and at last prisoner, Charles Taylor sought to guide his state to alter yet as an alternative ignited a clash which destroyed Liberia in over a decade of violence, greed and private ambition. Taylor's takeover threw a lot of the neigbouring area into turmoil, till he was once eventually delivered to face justice within the Hague for his position in Sierra Leone's civil war.
In this striking and eye-opening e-book, Colin Waugh attracts on numerous assets, stories and unique interviews — together with with Taylor himself — to recount the tale of what rather occurred in the course of those turbulent years. In doing so, he examines either the lifetime of Charles Taylor, in addition to the customarily self-interested efforts of the overseas neighborhood to first retailer Liberia from catastrophe, then, having did not achieve this, to deliver to justice the guy it deems so much guilty for its disintegration.
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Already dedicating more time to girls than to books, in one incident he responded to a reprimand by baring his buttocks in the middle of class and shortly afterwards urinating in the schoolyard well. It was not long before cheeky young Charlie was expelled from Ricks. One of his former teachers, Shadrick Cassell, still on the faculty at Ricks in the mid-1990s, remembered Taylor s behaviour and his expulsion from the institute: He was expelled for bad conduct and he s been a bad boy ever since: he was reckless and arrogant.
On his visits to rural areas, Tubman might personally donate the funds to build a new school or to construct a clinic, and his largesse would be warmly received. But by the 1970s, with education, information and agitation becoming more widespread among native Liberians, Tolbert s openly autocratic image rubbed the wrong way with too many people. His style was entrepreneurial, but the transparency of his personal wealth and his inner circle s blatant exploitation of their position for material gain could no longer be countered by statesmanlike posturing, token displays of benevolence and promises of socalled indigenization of national government.
Humble origins and adoption However, after a short time it seemed that a socially expedient solution was engineered after all. Before Charles had even reached his first birthday, he was adopted by a close friend of his grandmother, and taken in by her, to be raised in a quite established Americo-Liberian family, the Ciscos. Martha Anne Cisco, by then already a middle-aged woman, raised Charles from the age of eight months to almost 18, when she died. Not surprisingly, for practical purposes Charles spoke of her rather than Zoe as his real mother.