This week, former Liberian President Charles Taylor was convicted of aiding and abetting war crimes in Sierra Leone. His daughter watched the U.N. tribunal in The Hague and spoke to Robtel Neajai Pailey.
Charles Taylor only smiled once during the court hearing in the Hague, before he was found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes, during the bloody civil war in Sierre Leone.
Looking up, the warlord, who became Liberia’s president before he was finally convicted on Thursday for helping bring about years of terror in neighboring Sierra Leone, beamed when he caught the eye of his daughter.
Sharon, or “Lady Ghankay” as she is also called, had followed the proceedings from the public gallery, sitting at the edge of her seat. Separated from her father by a wall of transparent glass, she watched as her father faced justice, somber and pale, his head slightly bowed, burgundy tie limply hanging from his neck, and three deep horizontal lines crossing his forehead.