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.

International-Rescue-Committee

  • A woman and her child who have been displaced by renewed fighting on the outskirts of Monrovia. Kate Holt.
  • A woman and her family wait for help at a Transit Centre near Monrovia. Kate Holt.
  • A family sit in their tent in a transit centres for IDP's in Ganta. Kate Holt.
  • A family sit in their tent in a transit centres for IDP's in Ganta. Kate Holt.
  • Thousands of children have been separated from their parents as a result of the conflict. Kate Holt.
  • This young girl and her baby brother were orphaned when their village came under rebel attack. Kate Holt.
  • A woman feeds her baby in Sanniquellie Hopsital, Nimba County. Kate Holt.
  • At Karnplay Health Clinic, the IRC arranged for an eye specialist to visit for two days. Kate Holt.
  • A mother from Cote D'Ivoire with her young child. Having travelled for over three weeks to reach Saclapea camp. Kate Holt.
  • Naya is 12 years old. Her parents were forced to flee their home in Lofu county over a year ago. Kate Holt.
  • A food ration per person per day at Saclapea Camp, Liberia. Kate Holt.
  • Schooling is difficult for children to continue when they have been displaced. Kate Holt.
  • Schooling is difficult for children to continue when they have been displaced. Kate Holt.
  • Schooling is difficult for children to continue when they have been displaced. Kate Holt.
  • A young girl sits on the floor in her classroom, because there are no desks or chairs. Kate Holt.
  • Following the start of conflict in Cote D'Ivoire in September, 2002. Kate Holt.
  • A girl and her young baby stand in the doorway of an IDP settlement in Monrovia. Kate Holt.