Scores of Liberian Citizens converged in the commercial city of Nimba County over the weekend in commemoration of program marking the 4th anniversary celebrations of the Liberian Reformation Network Incorporation (LRN).
LRN Inc is fundamentally committed to resolving the Liberian intercultural disputes in a most timely and economical fashion.
With efficiency and Cost-effective Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR) and Restorative Cultural Disputes Resolution (RCDR), the not-for-profit making reconciliatory organization, organized for four years now by some Liberians in the United States of America is deeply involved with providing timely and appropriate unparalleled results that best serve the culture and people of Liberia.
Following the brutal civil war in which children were used to take away lives, witnessed parents, relatives killed; there has never been holistic reconciliatory rehabilitation for victimized survivors and child-soldiers neither for the approximately 250,000 Liberians killed, according to LRN.
It says, the war did not only damage and dismantle the societal heritage and historical social identity, but also destroyed the nation’s integrated culture and left thousands of Liberians physically and psychologically traumatized, homeless, orphans, displaced and economically impoverished with a growing divisive animosity.
The group approach in mediating and negotiating in these activities, uses cultural mediation and negotiation alternative interest-based approaches to resolving the Liberian internal conflict. LRN Inc further stated that trained mediator becomes a neutral third party in the peace negotiation or disputants in trying to resolve the problem by facilitating the dialogue in and outside the country.
The Liberian Reformation Network Inc was established by Mr. Charles Cecil Dennis III to reconcile the Liberian society through cultural Alternative Dispute Resolution and Restorative Transformation.
Mr. Dennis lost his brother and 3 sisters to the brutal civil was. In the spirit according to him, he got in contact with Mr. Samuel K. Doe, Jr. and Winston A. Tolbert and together they Co-chair the Network current.Reading a special statement during the program by Mr. Kennedy Koloh, River Cess County Coordinator on behalf LRN’s Executive Director, Charles Cecil Dennis III, the Executive Director narrates his misfortunate; “my people, I which with all my heart that I can take back all you have suffered and turned back the hands of time, but I can’t. I too have suffered as much pain as you have suffered.”
“On April 22, 1980 my father Hon. C. Cecil Dennis, Jr., was assassinated on firing squad. 1991, my older brother was killed and in 1992 during the war, my three sisters were raped and executed in front of me. I know what it means to loss someone you love. So, I am not here to make you empty promises or to ask you do something that myself can’t do, let us forget what has happened and reconcile, says C. C. Dennis III.”
Mr. Dennis holds no doubts while he shares memories of hurts and pains as other Liberians who were victimized by the war, he remains optimistic that Liberia as a resilience nation will raise again.
He therefore cautioned every well-meaning Liberian to join the Liberian Reformation Network in the spirit of reunification for the restoration of the nation noting; “the well-being of one Liberian should be the wellbeing of every Liberian. Redefining the fabric of our society to rebuild our interrelated relationships and intertribal connectivity, should not be politicized by transitional justice, but negotiated through dialogues. For no one Liberian is more than any Liberian,” he concluded.
The network is currently operating in River Cess, Grand Bassa and Nimba Counties respectively.
The occasion was held at the Trumpet Baptist Church in Ganta City and attended by Nimba County Administration, the Traditional Council, Nimba’s Chapter, women and youth organizations, disabled and religious communities, Civil Society groups, education, health, transport, security sectors amongst others that grace the occasion.
At the close of the program all participants pledged their support and membership to join the organization for the restoration of the country.