The social history of
the Republic of Liberia

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The Rich Blamed for Poverty Gap
By Estella Nelson, The News (Monrovia), 25 October 2000. The privileged few have been blamed for neglecting to address issues that would narrow the gap between they and the impoverished masses. There should be opportunities available for the masses to empower themselves.
Fewer Than 25 Doctors Run Public Health Sector In Liberia
By Peter Kahler, Panafrican News Agency, 6 December 2000. Doctors are leaving the public health sector due to poor incentives. It is now impossible to place medical doctors at all major health centres and hospitals around the country. Low salaries, lack of housing, transportation and non-availability of drugs and medical supplies at the public health facilities.
Panel to Probe Security Forces Brutality At University Campus
Panafrican News Agency (Dakar), 27 March 2001. Authorities at the state-run University of Liberia have appointed an eight-member committee to probe brutality by security forces who flogged students and professors on the Monrovia campus. Students were rallying financial contributions to help pay legal fees for four local independent journalists, currently detained and charged with espionage.
Former child soldiers said to be back on front lines
BBC Online [22 March 2002]. Former child soldiers are once again being conscripted to participate in Liberia's civil war as fighting between government forces and the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) moves closer to the capital of Monrovia.