Humanitarian Crisis Hits Liberia
© All about Liberia
…Women, Children Face Starvation
By James B. Bleetan II
In Gbarnga, Central Liberia
May 10, 2002
Mass exodus of displaced from Gbarnga
humanitarian crisis since heavily armed rebels of the Liberians United
for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), launched their insurgency
against the democratically elected government of President Charles
Ghankay Taylor is unfolding in central Liberia.
of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other civilians including
women and children have been rooted out of their camps created by
aid agencies in Gbarnaga and its sorrounding towns and villages in
also including pregnant women and the sick came under suppressive
military fire power Thursday morning by the trigger-happy LURD insurgents.
The LURD rebels also carried out massive looting of properties belonging
to the fleeing civilians.
told our reporter in central Liberia that scores of civilians have
been rounded up by the insurgent forces and indiscriminately killed
on suspicion of being government supporters.
Displaced seek safety under heavy down pour of rain
in the embattled city of Gbarnga disclosed that several civilians
bullet wounds and bleeding profusely without medical assistance as
most Doctors and Nursing at the only referrer medical center, Phebe
Hospital took to their heeds when the LURD forces launched the attack.
government evacuated students and staff of the Cuttington University
College (CUC) seven miles west of Gbarnga. The students were due to
sit their mid-term the very day of the attack.
Victims of the LURD's rebels war
of the IDPs were residents of Liberia’s northern county of Lofa, which
has been under sustained military attack by the LURD rebels since
April 1999. The IDPs currently lack food, shelters, water and other
basic necessities of life.
latest report from the frontline indicates that gallant soldiers of
the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) are chasing the rebels out of areas
they previously occupied in Bong County. Our reporter say, the police
station and surrounding areas have been recaptured by government troops.
AP-NY-Wed May 13, 2002