The International Rescue Committee II
Liberia, March 2003
Since 1989, when Charles Taylor’s rebels invaded Liberia from Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia has known only intermittent peace. In March of 2003 the country was devastated by years of fighting. The war had killed over 200,000 people and uprooted more than 1.5 million, half the country’s estimated 3 million residents.
The IRC has been in Liberia since 1996, providing humanitarian aid to internally displaced people and refugees from Sierra Leone and Cote D’Ivoire. These photographs were taken to illustrate the difficulties faced by the Liberians and illustrate how the IRC aimed to ameliorate conditions and improve their lives, shortly before violence erupted in May 2003.