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Survivors' Truths Liberia
An independent Liberian NGO
Survivors' Truths started in Liberia, as a 2007 photo-documentary project carried out by our founder Dove Pressnall in collaboration with photographer Chris Herwig and Liberian reporter Cooper M. Vuku. This project focused on sharing Liberian stories of survival from 14 years of war.
Cooper went on to establish Survivors' Truths, Liberia as a registered NGO in 2012 to carry out more projects that facilitate the development and amplification of Liberian solutions to the country's difficulties. By leveraging media and technology in support of Liberian knowledge and culture, Survivors' Truths Liberia is challenging the idea that outside experts have the knowledge needed by people in crisis.
Today, Survivors' Truths Liberia is working to elevate the voices of marginalized Liberian communities so that communities can come together and find sustainable ways to ensure all are heard and cared for. Some areas of focus include:
- Peace and Reconciliation
- Care for war survivors
- Accountability for war crimes
- Inclusion and care for people with disabilities
- Culturally-relevant communications and responses to public health crises
Every culture has traditions for resolving differences and making plans for communities. These approaches are naturally more familiar, accessible, and quickly implemented by local people than imported interventions. Liberian culture has many strong traditions that are contributing to locally-led peace but these efforts are not always visible or well understood by donors and others who are trying to support Liberia's long-term stability.
Help cultivate sustainable peace in Liberia by donating today! Your generosity helps bring Liberian voices together, thereby paving a path toward forgiveness and real reconciliation. Your donation will save lives by helping to prevent a recurrence of rampant violence.
A Mother's Love
Louise B. Cesar told many stories reflecting her ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that helped her survive the war and provide for her children.
A Father's Love
"Every Liberian, we expect war any time, but we live on. We believe strongly that nothing will happen."
Cry Your Own Cry
James Cooper was a teenager when he was captured by the commander who had killed his entire family in front of him when he was only eleven years old.
And he was sent to die by the hand of someone from his past.
From the fighters
Like many young men his age, Momo Jallah was forcibly recruited into a fighting force.
Against the fighters
"Everyone knew that if you were a young girl, you would work in the day and be worked at night...I did not want to go with the the soldiers."
The Chief and the Leopard
"So, the bad person be in the place. You, you can't take violence with him. You just take easy with him before you get him, for true he will come like that."
Getting the story across
In Monrovia, Liberia, a unique form of journalism exists where the news is written out daily on a chalkboard for everyone to read as they pass by on the busy main street.