Photographing a Nation Under Siege

September 2004
Nieman Reports;Fall2004, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p28
This article presents photographs and the author's description of what Liberians were experiencing when she arrived in Liberia 2003 to document the ongoing civil war. Liberians had long been forgotten by the outside world as a bloody civil war terrorized the civilian population for much of the past decade. For a brief moment in 2003. the world's attention took note as government and rebel militias fought for control and a guarantee of profits from the country's rich resources. The rebels demanded an end to the reign of former President Charles Taylor, while Taylor insisted on staying until peacekeepers arrived. Men. women and children fled the countryside as rebel fighters advanced on the capital, often looting and burning homes in their path. Those displaced by the fighting took refuge in schools, churches and camps, which also came under attack from mortar fire. The final battle was waged in the city center. A forced change of leadership was finally arranged, but not before hundreds had been killed and wounded, leaving a lasting scar on the already tragic history of Liberia.


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