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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 September, 2003, 13:00 GMT 14:00 UK
Eyewitness: Fleeing Liberian rebels
Nurse Moses Sidifa, tells the BBC about his experiences fleeing from fighting in central Liberia

They are raping our children; 10-11 year-old children and also the women.

Five to six rebel fighters to a woman.

Then they are going to the villages and burning down the villages, burning down all the houses that they can see.
Displaced people flee Totota in central Liberia
Tens of thousands are fleeing towards Monrovia

Coming down from Gbarnga all the houses along the road have been burned down; churches as well.

I am sure all this is being done by the rebels because most of my relatives, my relatives, they live right there.

And I saw it happening myself.

Third time

And there are more people that you can see on the highway coming from that area to Salala and Totota.

I have never seen that kind of group since the fighting started.

It is now the third time for me to run away from Gbarnga where we live, where we have the hospital.

When we move, the belongings that we leave behind, when we get back there everything is gone.

And this is not the first time it is happening - It happens each time we run away.

We are now appealing to the international community to come to our aid in order for the war to stop.


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