History and Conflict
of the Conflict: 1980 to 2003
Liberia has been disrupted by violent shifts of power
since the ruling True Whig Party was overthrown in a bloody
coup in 1980. PBS's NewsHour compiled this timeline,
which covers the conflict that has lasted nearly a quarter
of a century.
The list of leaders, factions and countries involved in
Liberia's conflict grew as the violence spread. This International
Crisis Group summary lays out the primary players and
events in the convoluted history of unrest and civil war
The Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) broke away
from Liberians United for Democracy (LURD) in 2003. This
summary from The NewsHour sheds some light on LURD
and MODEL, the rebel groups that helped push Charles Taylor
out of power.
After Taylor's exile to Nigeria, members of his government
and representatives from LURD and MODEL rebel groups chose
a leader to head a transitional government. After businessman
Charles Gyude Bryant was sworn in on October 14, 2003,
the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think
tank, provided details about the crisis in Liberia.
Rural Reign of Terror"
Even as tensions eased in Liberia's main cities after
President Taylor left in exile, armed men continued to
roam the country's hinterland. This BBC report from October
2003 chronicles hardships faced by Liberians in the countryside
in the early days of the new peace.
Liberia's Political Future"
In the March 22, 2005, broadcast of All Things Considered,
NPR's Robert Siegel talked with Jacques Klein, U.N. Special
Representative in Liberia, about the upcoming October
elections in a nation still in economic ruin after two
years of peace and 14 years of civil war.
Is Behind Us Now"
Read what Liberian refugees and former combatants said,
in their own words, about their fears and hopes for the
future and their continuing struggle to survive in this
summary by the National Democratic Institute for International
Affairs, a nonprofit organization promoting democracy.
The report also includes a short history of Liberia. [Note:
This article is in PDF format; Adobe Acrobat required.]
Filmmaker Jessie Deeter posted this blog from Liberia,
sharing some of the on-the-ground challenges of making
No More War, originally titled Keeping the Peace.
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This pan-African news clearinghouse contains news stories
pulled from Liberian newspapers and human rights organization
The Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) Web
site, maintained by the U.N. Office for the Coordination
of Humanitarian Affairs, covers events as they develop
in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia. The site updates
frequently, providing current news on Liberia and its
The Web site for this monthly news and analysis magazine
focusing on Liberian issues also includes articles from
the Monrovia Forum newspaper and links to documents
and other news sites.
This Web site, maintained by an expatriate in Canada,
is a bulletin board for Liberian news, commentary and
culture. It contains links to other Liberia-related sites
as well as updated headlines and links to news from Liberia.
The Analyst is a daily newspaper published in Monrovia.
It had been shut down during the repressive Taylor regime.
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