Lutherans Still Awaiting Justice

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Twenty-five years since the massacre that took place at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sinkor during which over 600 civilians, mainly women and children were killed, perpetrators are yet to be brought to justice, a situation that still bothers the families of the victims.

The Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL), Dr. Jensen Seyenkulo, says the church and its members, some of whom were direct and indirect victims of the massacre, are still patiently waiting on the government of Liberia for justice.

Speaking to newsmen at the celebration of Reformation Day, when the church separated from the Roman Catholic Church through the instrumentality of Martin Luther, the Bishop said, “There is nothing much I can say, because we have said on many occasions that justice must prevail.
We just want to let the government know that we are still awaiting justice.”
He said no matter how long it takes, “We will wait because we are sure that someone will grant us the justice that we so much desire in this case.”

The Lutheran church, which shoulders the burden of remembering over 600 people killed in the church, is at the forefront of the appeal for justice. During the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord in Accra, Ghana that brought an end to the civil war in the country, the church urged the government to ensure that justice is served.

At the TRC hearing in 2009, a former officer of the AFL under President Doe, Boi Bleeju Boi, said soldiers of the AFL committed the massacre.

Self-styled General Bleeju Boi, who defected to the defunct rebel Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) and became its vice-chairman, said he was convinced that the AFL committed the massacre because the army controlled the area where the church is located.

Mr. Boi also said that the failure of the government of President Samuel Kanyon Doe and the AFL high command to take punitive actions against the perpetrators following the massacre further convinced him that the army committed the killings.

He said that it was impossible for enemy forces to have infiltrated areas controlled by the army to carry out the massacre and then to escape without being noticed by the army.

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