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This photo documentary book on Liberia's civil war, the first of its kind, no doubt serves as a witness to man's vicious inhumanity to his kind. It all began in December 1989 with a small band of rebels under the command of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia leader, Charles Taylor seizing a few towns and villages along the Liberian-Ivorian border in the north. As the NPFL and its splinter group, INPFL led by Gen. Prince Johnson advanced on the capital, Monrovia, Liberian Government troops crumbled, thereby carrying out targeted killings of civilians while fighting for their survival. As years went by, more warring factions emerged, some with tribal and religious undertones claiming to redeem the country. But in reality, all of the warring factions, (NPFL, INPFL, ULIMO-J, ULIMO-K, LPC, AFL, NRC, CRC, LDF) fought to seize political power as well as exploit the country's mineral resources like gold and diamond. In the process, no lives were spared as depicted in this book; babies, woman and elderly became perfect targets due to their vulnerability. There were unimaginable destruction and human suffering throughout the entire country and in some instances, scores of factions staged genocides against civilians in their fight for power. The irony though is that the evidence of the crimes in Liberia could have disappeared if not for the lenses of an eye witness, documentarian and journalist, James Kokulo Fasuekoi, who risked his life to capture these images for posterity.
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Mr.James Kokulo Fasuekoi hails from Liberia, West Africa. He is a freelance journalist, author and a cultural performer and often writes on African cultural and political issues.Prior to Liberia's civil war, Mr. Fasuekoi, a recipient of several journalism and cultural awards, worked for most of the country's leading independent dailies as reporter-photographer. After working five years for the country's first post-war independent daily,The Inquirer, Mr. Fasuekoi later served as Liberia-based stringer for The Associated Press for nearly eight years during which he covered wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone before fleeing his native Liberia in late 1999. For three years (2008-2010), Mr. Fasuekoi studied Communications/Journalism at colleges in Pennsylvania and Arizona and was listed twice on the Dean's List of academic excellence. During the past decades, he has used his writing and photographic skills to highlight gross human rights violations taking place in Africa, particularly in Liberia.
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