VP Taylor Unveils Plans For ‘War Memorial Library’
By Ballah M. Kollie
Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor has disclosed plans to establish a “Liberia war memorial library” in concert with the Peace and Reconciliation Committee.
The library, VP Taylor said, will be used to tell the history of the country’s civil war, describing it as an important part of the peace and reconciliation process of the country.
“And it is also a chance for us to tell the Liberian story properly,” she added. VP Taylor made the disclosure Tuesday during a stopover visit at the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA) in the Monrovia suburb of Sinkor.
She further revealed that the plan incorporates the construction of the library on a huge plot of land not too far from Monrovia and that it will be a permanent place for research and site visit by not only adults but also children.
“We want to have a place that is big enough where national archives and museum will have a place, telling the history of our country and having some of their facts on display as well,” noted the Liberian Vice President.
She wants citizens to know that crisis is never the solution to any situation, adding, “But the history of our country needs to be told; how we got into the crisis and the story of the war needs to be clearly told to our young children so that we never make the same mistakes because war should never be an answer.”
She acknowledged that the government has not been able to reconcile citizens and that helping to tell the war history is her own way of contributing to the peace and reconciliation drive of the nation.
Meanwhile, Vice President Taylor has praised the Neileh Daitouah-led administration at the CNDRA for the level of work being done since assuming the management of the agency recently.
In remarks, CNDRA Director General C. Neileh Daitouah lauded the VP for the visit and promised to have the secretariat set up to manage and ensure the establishment of the library.
He urged VP Taylor to support projects identified by the agency.