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Exiled Liberian Warlord Dreams of Return

Prince Johnson gained notoriety in 1990 for gruesome video footage that showed him swigging beer and ordering his fighters to torture Liberia’s toppled president, Samuel Doe. Johnson is now an evangelical preacher in Nigeria, and one of several exiled faction leaders from Liberia’s 1989-96 civil war looking to return to politics in Liberia when – and if – President Charles Taylor, a former warlord himself, leaves power at last. Like Johnson, their pasts are tainted from years of civil war in Liberia that saw horrendous acts of cruelty, but they all pledge to restore democracy and bring calm to the country after new bloodshed in recent weeks. “As soon as the war ends I’m going back to Liberia with my family,” Johnson told The Associated Press. “Then the people of Liberia will see who among the politicians cares for them most.” Increasingly isolated, Taylor and his forces have faced three rebel attacks on the capital since June. The latest has been a five-day exchange of gunfire and artillery that killed hundreds by Wednesday. Full Story

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