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A Roman catholic parish in Coffee Farm, Brewerville, outside Monrovia has commissioned a Bell Tower of Peace in honor of President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf over a site where they say arms were buried by fearsome rebel fighters loyal to Prince Y. Johnson, now a Senator of Nimba County, during Liberia’s brutal civil conflict.

The infamous site was said to have been used by fighters armed withAK-47s to take lives of so many people, and arms were said to have been found there after the war before the Holy Family Catholic Church at Coffee Farm built the Bell Tower of Peace inside the church fence.

To symbolize the end of the war, the Church says a cross inside the Bell Tower of Peace is made from AK-47s that were used during the war to take lives. President Sirleaf said unlike other countries that would come out of civil conflict and return to civil unrest, Liberia was enjoying 13years of peace, saying peace enables a nation to build and a family to develop and do a lot of things.

She said she was pleased at how the place is evolving, particularly the children in school that had performed so excellently as example of quality education being acquired there.
She said when her government decided to take road to the community and a bridge was constructed there, people assumed that she had home in Brewerville to move there, saying the home she moved in was the church.

She thanked Mr. Steve Cashin for standing by the Parish, and also thanked the teachers at the Catholic School for providing education for the kids. Mr. Cashin in a brief remark said the place was destroyed during the war by human spirit; but over the past decade, it has been rebuilt because there has been peace in the country. He said a school has also been built there and its library has also been built to educate the young people.

Mr. Cashin thanked President Sirleaf for the years of peace and for taking to the community that has reduced travel time from over half an hour to get there.

By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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