Popular Ghanaian actor, Van Vicker has shared how he escaped death four different times during the Liberia Civil War.
Liberia had been hit with its first Civil War in 1989 after there was an internal conflict in Liberia. The war lasted till 1997 and led to the death of about 250,000 people.
Van Vicker who spent most of his adolescent years in Liberia, witnessed the civil war with his family when it happened.
Sharing his experience during that period, Van Vicker explained that he escaped death four times.
The actor disclosed this recently while speaking on a TV Show, on his journey to success.
According to him, he had grown up in Liberia and met the war. Vicker explained that one of the times he escaped death was on his birthday, August 1, 1991.
He said, “I came as close as a gun right in my nose”.
“The war was intense at that point. They were throwing bombs in our neighbourhood from the top of the mountain and my neighbourhood was on the other side… it was a residential area.
“We heard some rebels were in the swamp area but those who were apparently targeting weren’t sure of how to use the equipment, I think. Or it was a misjudgment of a sort.
So, the grenade was dropped right next to a neighbour’s house which seemed as if it was actually in our house because everything was turned upside down. The windows were vibrating… we had to run out. That was the first incident on 1st August.”
Narrating the second incident, Vicker said it happened when they had tried to seek refuge somewhere in town.
“When we got to a particular junction, people were told to show IDs. For whatever reason, we were somewhere at the back.
“We saw a jeep drive through to the very front of the line and we heard somebody on the megaphone saying everybody should disperse, go back home. People weren’t willing to leave. The next thing we heard was ‘spray them all’. Then we heard gunshots. We dispersed.”
He also explained what happened during the third incident.
The actor said that it occurred after his family which had scattered finally got back together.
“We got together, on our way back, there was this soldier who appeared right up to my nose with the AK47, cocked the gun and I was stunned.
“Then my uncle showed up; he was in the military as well so he spoke to the guy and while they were talking, we left,” he said.
On his third near-death experience, Vicker said it happened when he and his family left home.
“After we left, we went home, we said we were going to the Ghana Embassy. On our way, we crossed the high street. Right after that, we heard someone in one of the buildings shouting ‘stand there, where are you going? Don’t move!’
“They came down with guns and all and asked ‘who are you? Show me your ID?’ My uncle knew the officer and he mentioned the officer’s name and he said ‘okay, I can see you’re legit’”.