PICTURES FROM THE CIVIL WAR IN LIBERIA 1989-2002


Liberia (1996)
Photo: The Quick and the Dead
(TIME, Apr 29,1996)

Gun in hand, a Liberian street fighter pays little attention to the badly charred corpse in the midst of a vicious urban fire fight against the militias led by besieged warlord Roosevelt Johnson

Liberia (1996)
Photo: Soldier Boy
(TIME, Apr 29,1996)

A young militia member fires an assault weapon almost as tall as himself in the direction of the enemy militia in downtown Monrovia.

Liberia (1996)
Photo: The Quick and the Dead
(TIME,Nov 4,1996)

The seven year civil war amongst Liberia's warlords has claimed thousands of lives. Of Liberia's 2,5 million inhabitants, 1,2 million - almost half the entire population - have been forced to flee their homes. Approximately 750,000 have escaped to bordering countries, making Liberia the third largest refugee exporter after Afghanistan and Rwanda. Photo : Severe malnutrition is widespread among the young in rural villages

Liberia
Photo: Eat and Run Mission to Bong
(UNICEF)

Children help carry UNICEF-provided food supplies unloaded from a United Nations helicopter, in the crowded landing field of the interior town of Bong Mines, part of a weekly "Eat and Run" mission to assist malnourished children and other civilians who have become isolated in the town by the civil conflict.


Liberia (08. May 1996)
Photo: Street execution in Monrovia, Liberia
(TIME,Nov 4,1996)

Springtime in Liberia, l996. The rival militias of Charles Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and Roosevelt Johnson's Krahns mounted running battles throughout the capital city, Monrovia. Children and youths giving themselves names such as Colonel Fire in the House, Major Blood and Lt. Double Trouble glided through the streets armed with AK-47s, pistols and kitchen utensils. By the end of this latest flashpoint in Liberia's seven year civil war, many people would be dead and the seaside capital city would lie in ruins.



Liberia
Church buildings in Monrovia heavily damaged during Liberia's civil war (2000-001)
(Episcopal News Service photo by James Solheim)

The former home and offices of the Episcopal Church in Liberia's bishop were heavily damaged during the country's civil war.


Liberia
Child soldier, 12 years old, in Liberia.
by David Browne




Liberia

Photo by Tom Burwell.

An ugly leftover of the civil war, this bulldozer blocked the road that formerly divided two factions. Now it only impedes commerce and returning refugees, and reminds us of the shameful waste we sometimes allow ourselves.


© Robert W. Kranz (14-Feb-2002)