In Liberia, the IRC supports schools and recreation programs for internally displaced children and youth and for Sierra Leonean refugees.
Photo: Kate Holt for the International Rescue Committee
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE - LIBERIA
For over 15 years, Liberia was at the center of a number of interrelated civil wars in West Africa that resulted in 250,000 deaths and the displacement of millions across the region. These numbers are still more staggering when juxtaposed with the tiny Liberian population of just over three million, a population whose ancestors already suffered through a century of graft and exclusion. Although a peace accord was signed in 2003, hundreds of thousands of Liberians have yet to return to their homes.
Since initiating emergency programs in 1996, the International Rescue Committee has maintained a constant presence in Liberia, providing urgently needed assistance to those displaced by violence. Today, we are one of the largest international humanitarian actors on the ground, working with communities to prepare for the imminent return of refugees, internally displaced persons and ex-combatants.
For more information, visit the official website of the IRC in Liberia.