Dear Dr. George Boley,
We, a group of concerned citizens of the Republic of Liberia, having heard about the United States’ decision to deport you because of your role in the Liberian Civil War, write to inform you that you are welcome back to Liberia, the land that relishes in protecting war criminals and violators of humanitarian law. Welcome back home, Sir.
From all indications, it is obvious that America is not the right place for most of you; Liberia is. If you had stayed here like your counterparts, the United States would not have brought that friskiness around you. Be happy to return to Liberia.
The United States judge that announced your deportation said the fact that there is evidence that you were involved in killings and that you recruited children were grounds for which you should be deported. Be happy to come back Liberia because no such charges will be brought against you in the land called Liberia. You will live a free man.
Information available to the media and others say that in 1994, your defunct rebel group, the Liberia Peace Council (LPC), burned dozens of captives accused of witchcraft. America wants to deport you for this? Please come back home. There are others who did similar things. They live in Liberia freely. You better come home.
According to information, the judge’s statement says that your rebel group massacred 27 villagers. It is said that before they killed them, they ordered them to lie down. After that, they slit their throats and raped the women. Believe us, people who did similar things are all around here, living freely. Come back to Liberia.
The same statement says: “Various organizations have reported that the LPC engaged in serious human rights abuses against the civilian population.” Look, Dr. Boley, to be repetitious, you are very much aware that all the rebel factions engaged in serious human rights abuses against the civilian population. What has Liberia done to the leaders of any of these warring groups? Nothing! Be happy to leave America and return to this place called Liberia. You will like it here. Ask other former leaders of other rebel groups.
We believe you are aware that the Verdier-led Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommended that you and other ex-warlords be prosecuted because you bear greater responsibility for the worst atrocities committed during the conflict. Is it a secret to you, Dr. Boley, that no ex-warlord has been charged or prosecuted? This is the Liberia we find ourselves in, and there are no indications that this Liberia will change anytime soon. Please hurry up and come back home. You might be surprised that you could be elected president, senator or representative. If you are not interested, you could get presidential appointment. As you very well know, this is the country called Liberia. This is where our leaders kick TRC Report and Recommendations through the back door. Please be happy to be deported here, and not imprisoned in the United States.
Why allow yourself to go through all of that? Return to Liberia. Here – that is, in Liberia – your colleagues talk about running for president. In other words, they are all over the place, living freely and happily. On the other hand, in that United States, even if you live a quiet life, as you have done over the years, they still chase you. Come home to the country called Liberia, Sir. There are scores of other warlords and those accused of gross human rights violations.
Therefore, we, the group of concerned citizens mentioned above, wish to encourage you to consider your deportation order from that US judge as a great blessing. Why fight to stay in the United States, when the land called Liberia is willing, ready and able to welcome you with open arms. Welcome back to Liberia, Sir. Liberia worships people like you.
Yours very sincerely,