Currently, World Vision’s international staff have been evacuated from the country, while its Liberian staff members remain trapped in their homes. Food stocks are dwindling, clean water is unavailable, and militia members continue to maintain control of the city’s streets. As a result, all Liberians in Monrovia, including World Vision staff members, face trauma, hunger, disease and displacement.
More than 200,000 Liberians have been displaced from their homes in and around the capita, Monrovia. For 14 years, the West African country has been torn by civil war and government corruption. However, since early June, rebel organizations have intensified attacks against the government of Charles Taylor in Monrovia and the port town of Buchanan. In that time, an estimated 1,000 Liberian civilians have been killed. August 4, West African troops began to arrive in Liberia.
Security concerns have resulted in the suspension of nearly all of World Vision’s work in Liberia, including emergency food distribution in Monrovia, in coordination with the World Food Program. The only project that remains operational is a health clinic in Monrovia’s largest displacement camp.
Below is information about World Vision's programs and staff experts on Liberia. For more information, please contact World Vision's media relations staff at the numbers and addresses listed at the bottom of this page.