By Laura A. Young,Minneapolis,St.Paul
At the request of the Liberian Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC), The Advocates for Human Rights coordinated the work of the TRC in the Diaspora, including the U.S. , U.K., and the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana.
“A House with Two Rooms”, the final report of the Liberia TRC Diaspora Project, documents the experience of human rights abuses and humanitarian law violations that forced Liberians to leave the country.
Published by DRI Press of Hamline University, the report is based on an analysis of more than 1600 statements, fact-finding interviews, and witness testimony at public hearings held in the U.S.
The report also tells the story of the “triple trauma” experienced by members of the Diaspora during their flight through Liberia and across international borders, while living in refugee camps in West Africa, and in resettlement in the U.S. and U.K.
In addition, the report summarizes the views of Liberians in the Diaspora on the root causes of the conflict and their recommendations for systemic reform and reconciliation.
The report was presented to the TRC of Liberia during the National Conference on the Way Forward held in Virginia, Liberia in June 2009. The final report of the TRC of Liberia is available at http://trcofliberia.org.