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Measures for Victims

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The assessment of Liberians’ priorities provided information about their own personal priorities as well as which priorities they believed the government should address (see “Priorities and Service”). Additional questions were asked to assess their views on measures for victims of the civil wars. The responses reflected the population’s overall priorities for better services and livelihood support. Most frequently they included financial compensation (65%), housing (45%), and education (45%). However, several responses also reflected the wider need for unity and reconciliation that respondents had also emphasized as means to build a lasting peace (see “Rebuilding a Peaceful and Secure Environment”). Both receiving apologies and reconciliation were mentioned as necessary for victims by a third (31%) of respondents. Only a small proportion believed victims saw a need for trials and punishment of perpetrators of the violence as a means to help victims. The strong emphasis on extending improved social services and livelihood support to help victims – mirroring respondents’ own priorities – may be a reflection of the fact that the vast majority of Liberians (78%) consider themselves victims as a result of the war. Although most measures mentioned were for individual compensation, a majority of respondents (73%) was also willing to accept community-level measures only, or even symbolic measures only (64%). Just 18% would accept that no measures be taken in favor of survivors. Given the choice, over half the respondents (55%) would favor measures that are directed at both individuals and the community, while 18% favored measures for individuals only, and 27% believed that only communities as a whole should be compensated.

Figure 23: Measures for Victims

 Measures for Victims

Table 25: Measures for Victims

Table 25 - Measures for Victims