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June 24, 2009

Beyond Reconciliation in Liberia

Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report this week. It looks back over decades of economic unrest and war that led to thousands of deaths and countless displaced Liberians. 

Emmanuel Dolo was a young boy in Monrovia when the Liberian civil war separated him from his family. He later learned his father was killed in the violence. After he watched a woman die in the street, Emmanuel vowed that when he grew up, he'd find a way to help people. Emmanuel now works with leaders from feuding tribal groups to help bring a new kind of peace and reconciliation to Liberia - a process he sees as different from the country's national reconciliation project. Emmanuel talks with Dick Gordon about what it means to him to help mend the wounds of war, and how he found his own forgiveness toward those who killed his father.

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