Liberia Critical Humanitarian Gaps

Nine years after the fourteen-year war ended in Liberia (2003), the country is still facing significant social and economic challenges that generate and drive humanitarian needs. The unstable political and security situation in Liberia’s three neighboring countries over the last decade has contributed to promoting further vulnerabilities among different population groups on Liberian soil. The post-electoral violence in Cote d’Ivoire in November 2010 has been the most notorious. It caused serious harm not only to the Ivoirian nationals but also to Cote d’Ivoire’s neighbours, particularly Liberia. More than 200,000 Ivorians crossed into Liberia as refugees between November 2010 and May 2011. All of these refugees concentrated in five out of the fifteen counties that exist in Liberia, namely Grand Gedeh, Maryland, Montserrado, Nimba, and River Gee – counties. The strain on local resources following this massive refugee influx has been serious, with noticeable adverse effects on the livelihoods of host community populations.