The Liberian Civil War


When a small group of Libyan-trained fighters crossed the border into Liberia on Christmas Eve 1989, the series of wars which followed tore the country to pieces. Ostensibly launched to bring an end to the ten-year dictatorship of Liberia’s President Samuel Doe, the civil war which followed over the next decade, left the country brutalised, its people traumatised, and its economy in pieces. Characterised by the routine use of child soldiers, by rape, drug-fulled violence, and tribal slaughter, the Liberian civil war rapidly lost its purpose of liberating Liberians from dictatorship, becoming instead a nightmarish tale of horror. Mark Huband was the first journalist to reach behind rebel lines, and reported on the war from all sides. In The Liberian Civil War┬áhe vividly describes the unfolding events of the war’s early years, provides an impeccably-sourced account of how the rebel army was created, and draws upon his unique access to key players in the conflict to explain how the discontent of Liberian exiles was transformed into one of the bloodiest conflicts West Africa had ever seen.


Routledge (30 June 1998)
ISBN-10: 0714643408
ISBN-13: 978-0714643403