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Seeking justice

Case re-opened for 5 American nuns killed in Liberia

May 7, 2015

In 1992, five American nuns were killed by gunshots during Liberia’s bloody civil wars. More than two decades later, their killers are still unknown. A few months after ProPublica and PBS Frontline asked the FBI to release its file, the FBI declined, claiming that the file’s now applicable to a “pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding” and “could reasonably be expected to interfere” with that proceeding. This is a drastic change from their previous public statements about how the case was closed. The deaths of the five Catholic sisters echoed throughout the world 23 years ago and raised awareness of the Liberian war’s brutality. The women were killed during Charles Taylor’s notoriously violent campaign of terror, and their deaths ignited global uproar. Former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia Gerald Rose has sought justice for the nuns for some time. “I don’t think many American people remember that there were five American citizens killed during the Liberian war,” he said. “I think if the American people were aware of that, they too would feel that justice was not done.” Hopefully this freshly re-opened case will force people to remember and find the perpetrators.

Read the full story at Pro Publica.