Liberia: Battle of The Tribes

Battle of The Tribes

Members of Liberia's Gio tribe have long suspected that President Samuel Doe, who belongs to the Krahn tribe, would like to eradicate their people. Lately their fears have been reinforced as Doe's troops moved into northern Nimba county, a Gio stronghold and hotbed of opposition to the government. The army's ostensible purpose is to rout a ragtag band of perhaps 200 insurgents, but the soldiers have exceeded that mandate, looting and burning towns and firing on Gio civilians.

No accurate death tally is available, but several hundred are thought to have died. Up to 100,000 Nimba residents have fled their homes,...

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