Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president, is now on trial at the Hague for war crimes committed in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
|Jasu Jarka had his hands chopped |
off by the RUF rebel group
Taylor is accused of selling diamonds and buying weapons for the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), a Sierra Leonean rebel group.
The former preacher was notorious for allegedly sanctioning the hacking off of arms and legs of his victims, as well as sexual slavery, rape and the recruitment and use of child soldiers.
Al Jazeera's Gabi Menezes traces the story of Charles Taylor – a man who went from being president to war-time suspect.
Kimmie Weeks is a 25-year-old Liberian child activist who is talked about among the likes of Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Gandi.
|Kimmie is completing his education in the US, |
where he has been living in exile
Before his fourteenth birthday, Kimmie's work helped to disarm 20,000 child soldiers, for which the Liberian government attempted to assassinate him.
People & Power explores his extraordinary work with war-affected children since then.
This episode of People & Power aired from Wednesday 18 July 2007 at the following times:
Thursday: 01:30 and 13:30GMT
Friday: 06:30, 20:30GMT
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