As Liberians observe National Decoration Day throughout the country on 13 March, the Independent National Commission on Human Rights of Liberia (INCHR) has disclosed its plan to dedicate the Maher Memorial constructed on the mass grave of victims in observance of the day.
According to a release signed by Mr. James D. Torh, Oversight Commissioner of the INCHR, the Maher Bridge Massacre occurred in Maher Town near Tubmanburg, Bomi County, during the Liberian civil conflict.
The release also notes that during the dedicatory ceremony, President George Manneh Weah is expected to perform the official ritual which includes the laying of the first wreath in honor of the victims.
The release furthered that top government officials, including Bomi County legislators, local traditional and religious leaders, survivors of the massacre, international dignitaries, partners of the INCHR, the media, civil society organizations and community residents are to grace the program.
It can be recalled that government troops having taken over Tubmanburg, Bomi County in July 2003 during the last round of the Liberian civil conflict, allegedly massacred over 300 people including women, children and the elderly on the Maher River Bridge on the Monrovia-Tubmanburg Highway.
It was reported that some of the victims were buried in a mass grave where the memorial is now built.The massacre occurred when rebels of the Liberian United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) withdrew from the city.
The press release says the construction of the Maher River Bridge victims Memorial grave is funded by the Government of Liberia (GOL) and is the second of many to be constructed across the country by the INCHR.
According to the INCHR, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report identifies 155 mass graves and recommends the memorialization of the victims through the construction of befitting monuments at these gravesites.
The release concludes that the INCHR has embarked on preparatory activities including networking and mobilizing communities in order to guarantee the success of the memorialization program throughout Liberia.–Press release