The Liberian civil war

Beginning on Christmas Eve 1989 with an apparently low-key incursion into the country’s northern forest, the Liberian civil war came to be characterised by a scale of brutality, trauma and desperation which served to strongly influence worldwide impressions of the wider African continent. A country which had barely figured as a political or military player, was suddenly the urgent worry of an entire region. Mark Huband’s comprehensive coverage of the early years of the war is unique. Driven by a determination not to let the war in Liberia fall off the global news agenda, his insights into the regional political implications, and accounts of the ground-level horrors experienced by ordinary Liberians as they lived in fear of death squads and faction leaders, are a lasting testimony to the value of frontline journalism.

Liberia’s ousted regime ‘smuggled arms by air’ - June 3, 2004
Refugees flee after Liberian massacre - June 8, 1993
West Africa peacemakers take offensive as impartiality remains in doubt - May 29, 1993
UN approves force to impose arms ban on Liberian factions - November 21, 1992
Liberian truce collapses - November 12, 1992
African allies call for truce - November 9, 1992
Nigerian jets bomb rebels in Monrovia - November 7, 1992
Fearful Liberians mourn slain nuns - November 3, 1992
Liberian rebels fight peace force - November 2, 1992
Nigerian jets bomb rebel advance on Monrovia - October 26, 1992
Renewed fighting rocks Liberia - September 1, 1992
Why Africa is in agony - August 31, 1992
Rebel Taylor could face military action - April 15, 1992
Ghosts of civil war haunt Liberia’s child soldiers - April 13, 1992
Old Liberian rivals sign new accord as third force invades - April 8, 1992
Liberian refugees face starvation as aid stops after thefts by rebels - April 3, 1992
Liberians train mercenaries in Burkina Faso - December 19, 1991
Doe’s ghost haunts looted mansion - November 5, 1991
Liberian rebels agree to disarm - September 18, 1991
Liberians push towards capital - September 7, 1991
Sierra Leonean and allied forces push into Liberia - September 6, 1991
Rebel leader claims US-backed force plans to invade Liberia - September 4, 1991
West African call on Taylor for political end to Liberian war - August 31, 1991
Britain helps to turn logs into Liberian rebel arms - June 25, 1991
Bloodshed goes on for Liberians - June 7, 1991
Liberian talks off - May 22, 1991
Sierra Leoneans make spectacle of captured invaders - May 17, 1991
Britain and US likely to help Sierra Leone resist rebels - May 13, 1991
Airborne attack - April 8, 1991
Sierra Leone takes fight to Liberia - April 3, 1991
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