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Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission Diaspora Project
The West African nation of Liberia is recovering from years of conflict characterized by egregious violations of human rights, including arbitrary killing, torture, use of child combatants, sexual violence, separation of families, and looting and destruction of property. From 1979 until 2003 the Liberian people survived a bloody coup d’etat, years of military rule, and two civil wars during which terrorizing the civilian population was the most widely used war tactic. Out of a pre-war population of three million, an estimated 250,000 people were killed, with as many as 1.5 million displaced. This mass exodus created the Liberian diaspora.
A critical piece of minimizing the chance that Liberia will again fall into chaos was the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia (TRC) was agreed upon in the August 2003 Accra Peace Accords and was established by legislative act in 2005.