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Inflicting an Old Wound

When does a wound become an old wound? When it develops what Dr. Amos Sawyer once called a superficial scar but is festering underneath.” What is best for that old wound is to remove that crust that has developed, no matter how painful and treat it for real. By removing that utter coating that made others make believe that the sore was cured, we attract attention to such wound in an effort of soliciting or getting the much needed cure.

A crust has developed over the Liberian civil war wound. Even prior to those hostilities and atrocities many ugly things have happened that caused deep deep wounds. In fact, what we know today as the Liberian civil war was an old wound that got inflicted. If a wound is cured completely, a scar developed and for those who want to spend little more on plastic surgery, that scar, with more work, can disappear for good. The reason we keep worrying about an old wound is because that sore did not get cured or was never treated. Otherwise, we wouldn't have been so over protective of a scar. While it is true that our natural body this and that may fight their hardest for regeneration, some form of human attention is needed to treat a wound whether we use country medicine or kwii medicine. Paying the sore no attention or applying no effort because our body alone can do the work is dangerous and that is one reason we are easily hurt.

I have had a sore before and many will agree that hurting that sore is even more painful than the initial cut that caused the sore. It makes sense to believe that the reason the subject of tribalism in the face of the Liberian civil war is so touchy is because we have taken no time to deal with or discuss it. As for my friend Arthur Weah Doe, the Congo-Country rivalry is an issue that was long put to rest. I am sure Arthur was not the only one of that false belief that the wound was cured. That was the majority understanding until leaders of the NPFL announced that they were launching a war to revenge the 13 executed government officials all of whom were of the Congo ethnic group.  I am sure he will also argue that the Grand Gedeh-Nimba feud which peaked during the civil war is also of the past and should never be brought up.

Many sores and wounds have not healed. Inflicting these old wounds and sore with brute force is not advisable but skills and wit are needed to treat these old wounds. We must recognize that they are still there and can’t leave them unattended or pretend that they will heal by themselves.

The task ahead seems insurmountable and there is no easy solution, I must admit. If you ask me how I know, listen to two persons at opposite ends of the Liberian argument and they both are correct. For example, listen to one Krahn/Mandingo and one Gio/Mano who fought at opposite sides of the blood bath and you will agree that both present legitimate reasons for their actions during the war. The wound is deep and the reason each person or group did what they did makes sense but we have no choice but to live together. And that cannot be achieved unless we reconcile our differences and resolve to move on. Those of us who can fast and pray should pray for reconciliation even if it calls for us to rub ashes and wear sack clothes. Those who can teach about the lasting effects of war and the steps we can take to reconcile should begin even without chalks and blackboards. Those who have the skills of counseling and helping victims to heal should also get on board. Let us evoke the best in ourselves to openly discuss our hurts, forgive one another and resolve to live together as one people.

Merry Christmas fellow Liberians and let me know what I can do as part in promoting reconciliation, forgiveness and love.  In fact, my resolution for 2014 is from Romans 13:8: Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. May the love, peace and Joy that only Christ brings rest with all of you on this Christmas Day and last with you throughout the New Year! For Unto us is born this day in the city of David, a savior who is Christ the Lord. Merry Christmas and a Joyous 2014!

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