Journalism in the Public Interest

A History of Violence: Accusations But No Justice in Liberia

Many of those accused of unspeakable brutality during Liberia’s civil war have never been formally tried.

Christopher Vambo had been accused by Catholic church officials and others of being responsible for the 1992 murder of five American nuns. Prince Johnson had overseen the torture and death of Samuel Doe, the former president of Liberia. Neither man was ever charged or otherwise held responsible.

Today, Johnson is a legislator in Liberia and Vambo is a security guard for one of the country’s largest communications firms. Frontline and ProPublica found both men and talked with them about their pasts and the elusive question of justice in Liberia.

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