Friday, June 15, 2012

Critical Deployment

The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has deployed men to the country’s porous borders in defense of possible threats form reported non-state actors who have been operating around the borders with Ivory Coast. A report released by a group called Human Rights Watch accused the government of not doing enough to stop the recruitment of young Liberians who support the manpower of non-states actors who are determine to bring instability to both country as Information Minister Lewis G. Brown have said it. He also criticized the group’s report when he said the group did not check with authorities of both countries to understand the level of consultative agreement that have been reached in collaboration with the United Nations Missions in Liberia and Ivory Coast. Until recently, the Liberian borders with neighboring countries were manned by relatively few joint security personnel that worked to see that no illegal activities intended to cause insurgency in any country happen on an inch of Liberian soil. However, during the 2010 political stalemate which saw the Ivorian Ex-president Laurent Gbagbo ousted and President Alassane Ouatarra inaugurated there were reports of Liberians fighting on both sides of the front as fortune fighters. The Information Ministry has announced that the justice ministry was to turn over to the Ivorian authority individuals who were arrested for their alleged participation in the country’s anarchy, which cause more than 70,000 Ivorian to flee into Liberia as refugees, to be prosecuted. The Human Rights Watch report stated that the non-state actors operating between Liberia and Ivory Coast are focused on creating instability in the Ivory Coast, probably against the regime of the incumbent President Ouattara. But the ripple effect of rebel war cannot be ignored as same have been evident by the entrance of the defunct National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) into Liberia in the late 1989. Since the first rebellious shot was fired in the Liberian town of Boutuo along the borders with Ivory, Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast have known the atrocities associated with rebel movement. When the Liberian Civil Strife ended in 2003 the United Nations deploy 15,000 troops aside from civilian staffers to provide security to the country which is still nursing the burnt of the power struggle which plagued Liberia for more than 15 years. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her address to a gathering at the 2012 commencement of the Massachusetts University Medical School on June 3 said her government inherited a wounded country with dysfunctional institutions. She listed low medical staff and insufficient health facilities as some of the wounds on Liberia and those situations arose from the war led by Ex-Warlord and President Charles G. Taylor. With the news of armed men just across or infiltrating the Liberia borders from Ivory Coast, the progress made over the last eight years towards stability in Liberia which have seen spectacles of development have being regarded by many Liberians as threatened. Some students studying political science at various universities in Liberia have begun to say that it is now time for the UN Security Council look at the situation with a more radical approach instead of watching Liberian and Ivorian troops go to hold the border line against those non-state actors. One of those students, Amadu Konneh of the University of Liberia, said that the situation could become as severe as 14 years ago when the systems that have been restored to some extend got damaged beyond repair. Student Konneh: “I understand that the AFL has been deployed at the bodies and the UN Missions here and in Ivory Coast have started are still supporting both Liberia and Ivory Coast. “I think what the UN should do now to stop the situation from going out of hand is to find whosoever is behind what could be an insurgency and acquire what is their interest and how could it be negotiated. By brother, we don’t want to run any more. I love my country and want to live here in peace not in another man’s country, including the US, as a refugee.”

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