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Between War and Peace

Life 4 - Between War and Peace
Liberia, Africa's oldest republic, was relatively calm until 1980 when William Tolbert was overthrown by Sergeant Samuel Doe after food price riots. By the late 1980s, arbitrary rule and economic collapse culminated in civil war when dissidents of Charles Taylor's National Patriotic Front overran much of the countryside and executed Doe. Over half of the population fled their homes in terror during its long and bloody civil war. After 14 years of anarchy, the international community has arrived in force in an attempt to stabilize the country. Many see this as Liberia's last chance. With more than 59,000 fighters (some of them children) demobilized in the last three months and another 15,000 waiting to follow, this Life program reports on Liberia's attempts to find a way of engaging the former fighters in rebuilding their country - to sustain the peace.

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Main credits

Marlow, Emily (film director)
Richards, Jenny (consultant)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Malde, Smita (editor of moving image work)
Gbongon, Chesty (translator)
Dunbar, Sally (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Smita Malde; translator, Chesty Gbongon.

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Distributor subjects

African Studies
At-risk Youth
Conflict Resolution
Human Rights
International Studies
Millennium Development Goals
Social Justice
Sustainable Development
United Nations
War and Peace


Liberia, Africa, African Studies, child soldiers, Charles Taylor, National Patriotic Front, civil war, UN, United Nations, peacekeeping; "Between War and Peace"; Bullfrog Films