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Effects of the Civil War and Ebola

The Liberia of today is vastly different than pre-Civil War Liberia.Ā  Because of conflicting political factions and influences, government is fragmented and/or corrupt, and promised aid often does not make it to the places where it is most needed. Over 250,000 were killed in the Civil War, and many left to escape the fighting. Following this, the population was decimated by a year-and-a-half long Ebola epidemic, leaving thousands of children orphaned and few families untouched by death.

80% of the population today live in dire poverty, with individuals often existing on less than $1 per day. Disease is rampant and, in many cases, unchecked. Healthcare facilities were destroyed in the war, leaving most communities with no resources for healthcare, no trained physicians, and no access to pharmaceutical drugs. Children and teenagers receive little to no education and have few opportunities to obtain legitimate employment, frequently finding themselves standing around on street corners peddling wares or begging for food, or forced to seek other means to provide for themselves. Land filled with agricultural promise lies uncultivated, with no one having the equipment to work it or the money to buy seed. On its own, it is a land with little hope.