Liberia In the Land of Blood and Tears

A TIME correspondent finds herself on both sides of the fighting in a civil war that has taken 10,000 lives and shows no sign of ending

MONROVIA -- The murderous civil war in Liberia has reached so volatile a state that on my first day in Monrovia, the capital, I found myself on both sides of the fighting without ever having changed position; suddenly the struggle swirled around my companions and me and engulfed us. President Samuel K. Doe, the man whose ouster rebel forces sought when they began fighting 10 months ago, has been dead for six weeks, but violence, hunger and general chaos continue to hold Liberia in a bloody embrace. An estimated 10,000 Liberians, most of them civilians, have been killed since the war...

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