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A House with Two Rooms: Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia Diaspora Project

At the request of the Liberian Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC), The Advocates for Human Rights coordinated the work of the TRC in the diaspora, including the U.S. , U.K., and the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana. A House with Two Rooms, the final report of the Liberia TRC Diaspora Project documents the experience of human rights abuses and humanitarian law violations that forced Liberians to leave the country.  Published by DRI Press of Hamline University, the report is based on an analysis of more than 1600 statements, fact-finding interviews, and witness testimony at public hearings held in the U.S.  The report also tells the story of the “triple trauma” experienced by members of the diaspora during their flight through Liberia and across international borders, while living in refugee camps in West Africa, and in resettlement in the U.S. and U.K.  In addition, the report summarizes the views of Liberians in the diaspora on the root causes of the conflict and their recommendations for systemic reform and reconciliation. The report was presented to the TRC of Liberia during the National Conference on the Way Forward held in Virginia, Liberia in June 2009. The final report of the TRC of Liberia is available at

How to get a copy of the final report


PDF A House with Two Rooms.pdf
PDF Front Matter.pdf
PDF Table of Contents.pdf
PDF Acknowledgements.pdf
PDF Preface.pdf
PDF Table of Acronyms.pdf
PDF Chapter 1-Executive Summary.pdf
PDF Chapter 2-Priority Recommendations.pdf
PDF Chapter 3-Diaspora Project Overview and Methods.pdf
PDF Chapter 4-Background on Liberia and the Conflict.pdf
PDF Chapter 5-Human Rights Abuses During the Rice Riots and Doe Era.pdf
PDF Chapter 6-Tactics and Fighting Factions During the Liberian Civil War.pdf
PDF Chapter 7-Liberia's First Civil War; 1989-1997.pdf
PDF Chapter 8-Liberia's Second Civil War; 1997-2003.pdf
PDF Chapter 9-Child Soldiers.pdf
PDF Chapter 10-Women.pdf
PDF Chapter 11-Complicating Factors.pdf
PDF Chapter 12-Role of the United States.pdf
PDF Chapter 13 -Experiences of the Liberian Diaspora.pdf
PDF Chapter 14-Recommendations Submitted to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia.pdf
PDF Appendices_2.pdf
PDF Photo Legend.pdf