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Liberia - No More War, May 2005


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Synopsis of "No More War"

WHO'S WHO?
Interactive Feature: In Conflict and in Peace

REPORTER'S SLIDESHOW
Keeping the Peace

BEHIND THE SCENES
Two Opinions on the Mission in Liberia

LIBERIA'S HISTORIC TIES TO THE U.S.
Similar Flags and Shared History

FACTS & STATS
Land and People, History and Government, Effects of War, Economy

LINKS & RESOURCES
Background, News, United Nations, Child Soldiers

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CHAPTER 1 (length 8:08)

Reporter Jessie Deeter flies into the northern jungles of Liberia with General Opande, who has been given one year to secure the country. Confronted by a mob of hungry and chanting former rebel soldiers, Opande tells them, "Gentlemen, I see you have very good AK-47s ... these weapons are no longer to be used to shoot to kill another Liberian ... the war is over."

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CHAPTER 2 (length 7:47)

Liberia is still very much in the hands of the rebels, and Deeter visits a rebel camp less than 40 miles from the capital. The former fighters consider themselves the liberators of Liberia. The United Nations starts to set up disarmament camps, where former fighters are promised I.D. cards, medical attention and food, and $300 to give up their weapons.

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CHAPTER 3 (length 6:42)

On Deeter's final visit, in late 2004, she sees that markets have opened in Monrovia, and the Masonic Lodge, once home to thousands of refugees, is now empty and under renovation. Opande's mission has put more than 100,000 fighters through the disarmament program. Deeter visits schools and training programs to see how the former fighters are adjusting to peace.


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