LIBERIA: MONROVIA: WARRING FACTIONS CONTINUE TO FIGHT

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In a sign that Monrovia’s six-week siege is far from over – warring Liberian factions continue to battle on the streets of the Liberian capital.

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The suburbs of the war-torn capital are also rife with factional battles as Monrovians continue to flee.

The latest fighting began when combined forces of warlord Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front (N-P-F-L) fought with soldiers loyal to rival faction leader Roosevelt Johnson.

A common sight on the streets of Monrovia – but with a new group of fighters.

This faction of gunmen have entered the six-week long fray on the embattled streets of the war-torn capital.

A self-styled group – the ‘Butt-Naked Battalion’ – have joined the ethnic Krahn fighters in intimidating and fighting the N-P-F-L who hold these barracks in Monrovia.

The Butt-Naked Battalion believe they cannot be killed because wearing no protective clothing or gear grants them more power bullets and the bullets will miss them.

The fighters are a great psychological threat to the N-P-F-L fighters in battle – who usually retreat when threatened by the scantily clad fighters.

The ethnic Krahn fighters – loyal to faction leader Roosevelt Johnson – were also seen looting in the suburbs as well as participating in sporadic street fights.

They, too, bring psychological fear onto the streets of Monrovia by intimidating their enemies with endless noisemaking and what would appear to be wanton trashing and looting.

However – survival for the Krahn has been touch and go throughout the civil war which has been off and on since 1989.

They are virtually marooned in a barracks compound in Monrovia and under heavy gun and shell-fire from N-P-F-L troops.

They have no access to aid from the Red Cross or the U-N and have limited access to food and water.

But for the civilians of Monrovia – the fighting and looting can be heartbreaking.

Thousands have fled the fighting – and thousands more continue to pack up what little remains of their belongs and flee the city.

This family has just lost a young boy in the fighting.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
“Every minute in Liberia we have somebody like this dying. Every minute – we are living in a complete nightmare. There is no law and order – the people just come and do whatever they want to do and take away – and take lives away – properties, whatsoever, so we are just left with how much we have got.”
SUPERCAPTION: Civilian resident of Monrovia

The latest round of fighting began when government troops attempted to arrest Roosevelt Johnson on murder charges stemming from clashes that violated an August 1995 accord.

Johnson refused to surrender, and ensuing battles prompted a U-S military evacuation of foreigners and sent civilians fleeing to the American Embassy’s residential compound for safety.

Charles Taylor started Liberia’s war in 1989 with a rebel assault on the ethnic Krahn dictatorship of President Samuel Doe.

Doe was toppled and executed by a rival faction, one of several that emerged as the war continued.

More than 150-thousand people have died and half the nearly 3 (m) million population has been left homeless in the conflict.

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36 thoughts on “LIBERIA: MONROVIA: WARRING FACTIONS CONTINUE TO FIGHT”

  1. นี่แหละประเทศที่ไร้การศึกษาประชาชนทำอะไรลงไปไม่คิดถึงผลกระทบยังอีกนานกว่าจะเข้ารูปเข้ารอย

  2. Most of them are so young.  I find it sad but have no idea what it's all about. I also feel for the traumatised boy.  I don't think we should joke about these things as real lives are being taken  for what reason?  I think we should all care and help stop all this senseless killing and lives being ruined.  Why don't people care?

  3. I hate everyone of my socalled "people" when i walk out the door here….all these people go vote, every year since 2015, it just gets WORSE!Now we even have electted kindof a new Merkel.And we just agreed to take 1/4 of all refugees that get fished out of the see in the future, and we get 91.000 familysuperplus from syria and co from familymembers that move to germany to their parents/sons etc that are here already. This is politic against its very own population.
    AND YOU CUNTS VOTE FOR IT AGAIN AND AGAIN
    GOD I HATE YOU ALL SO MUCH
    ALL THE WORST TO YOU LEFTY DUMBCUNTS!
    Now i gotta learn spanish so i can mabye find a place to live somewhere where i dont have to live under traders and people that actually WANT TO LIVE UNDER ARAB GANGS;RELIGIOUS DUMBCUNTS IN THE 2020's AND PEOPLE THAT COME DIRECTLY FROM WARZONES! WHAT A PARADISE!
    they're mad guys…..simply madness is the answer to the question we all ask ourselves…..

  4. Liberians are the descendants of American slaves. Their is a small US flag in the center of the Liberian flag…and call themselves American Africans. They have come a long way. FAL rifles and anal rape.
    Now the blacks have taken Rhodesia from English farms, the breadbasket of Africa. They slaughtered whites, cut arms off kids.
    Dont let me talk about the Congo in the 60s. Irish troops butchered and eaten, Idi Amin keeping body parts in his refrigerator.
    Disgusting.

  5. the most stupid people i have ever met , every single person is a criminal project ,the environment is reach but brains is f so poor and corruption every where.unfortunately they have no future .

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