The War is Over, but Liberians Still Live in Crisis

from Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres

Intense fighting during the summer of 2003 in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, cost more than 2,000 people their lives. More than 2 years after this debilitating 15-year civil war ended, though, Liberians are still living in a state of crisis. Little of the country's demolished infrastructure remains, leaving most people without basic services like water and sanitation. More than 300,000 people are still displaced within the country while 300,000 refugees wait to return from neighboring countries. Health care, already scarce in the main cities, hardly exists at all in remote areas of the country. Today, there are only 30 Liberian physicians working in a country with more than three million people. In Bong County, MSF provides 7,000 consultations a month for 60,000 displaced people. Some families are returning to Lofa County, but virtually nothing by way of essential services has been prepared for them. The return of refugees to Nimba County, where MSF provides 5,600 consultations a month, could exacerbate ethnic tensions. Women continue to be victimized by sexual violence, as well. Against this awful backdrop, instability in neighboring countries, an incomplete disarmament process, and general discontent threatens Liberia's fragile peace.

Learn more about Liberia here – http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/liberia.cfm.

Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) – http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org –

is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in nearly 70 countries.

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