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The Secrets of the Liberian Civil War.

Have you ever wonder to be forcefully removed from your country because of something you believe in, association with or participated in, or membership of a political party, economic status, tribe or enthnicity or because your parents or relatives are part of certain tribe?

Life is very precious and we should all appreciate what we have today, because they are precious.

Before the civil war in Liberia (1989) majority of Liberians never thought they would ever travel beyond the borders of their country. Liberia was a peaceful country, but the peace of Liberia became to a doubt when in 1980 the first military coupe was staged in the oldiest country on the continent of Africa that led to the overthrown of President Tolbert and the subsequent alienation of 13 members of his government in broad daylight. This act led to a new era in Liberia's history as leadership was now turned into the hands of a native and uneducated man-Samuel Kayan Doe of the krahn ethnic group- my mother's tribe.

Liberians all over the world wanted a change in the political systems. They thought that war was the only means to gain leadership. This was the wrong decision ever to be made in the history of the country. A decision that led to about 300,000 people been killed over a period of 14 years and thousands of people are either Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) or forced to leave your country of nationality (refugee) or in some cases asylum, because of fear of been killed by the opposing forces of those who wanted political leadership or those who wanted to maintain political leadership and control. This began the new plight of Liberian history from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The country which was once considered by major world powers as an example of democracy in Africa and which paced the way for most African countries to seek political independence from their colonial masters, was now going down the drain because of nepotism, ethnicity, tribalism, corruption, and ethnic cleansing.

Liberia had been an independent nation since July 26, 1847. For about 100 years, the political, social and economic situations in Liberia was led by the Americ0-Liberians. The Americo-Liberians are exslaves that found themselves on the shores of West Africa in what is now known as "Liberia" and "Sierra Leone." They came from the Americas and the Carribeans and settled in Liberia and Sierre Leone.

These exslaves brought with them to their new settlements the political, social, economic and cultural ideologies and these ideologies were used to rule the country for about 100 years until 1980 when the leadership in Liberia was turned into the hands of a native born who sought power through military coupe.


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